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The new issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, out on September 21, is a bumper World Cup special – your comprehensive guide to the 50-over showpiece tournament in India, which begins on October 5.
Across 42 pages dedicated to the World Cup we give the lowdown on each of the 10 teams competing, including predictions, in-depth analysis and exclusive interviews with Chris Woakes, Travis Head, Devon Conway and Bas de Leede. Geoff Lemon examines the phenomenal record of Mitchell Starc, Andrew Fidel Fernando profiles Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, and Aadya Sharma hails the emergence of India’s next batting great, Shubman Gill. We also hear from Afghanistan’s head coach, Jonathan Trott, who talks to Mel Farrell about the unique challenges of his role, and pick out a handful of unlikely World Cup icons from past tournaments.
Elsewhere, we have stories from each of the 18 counties as the County Championship nears its climax, columnist Mark Ramprakash describes the enduring appeal of the English domestic red-ball competition, and Taha Hashim reports on a breakthrough year for The Hundred.
Geraint Jones picks out the defining moments from his nomadic career, Kate Cross talks candidly to Jo Harman about the pressure of living up to her family name, Ben Bloom examines the challenges facing Irish cricket, and Niall O’Brien tells James Wallace how a dog changed his life.
We also have columns from Lawrence Booth on corruption, “cricket’s dirty open secret”, Andrew Miller on the seemingly unsolvable issue of slow over-rates, and Katya Witney speaks to Jon Lewis about a transformative summer for England Women.