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Thursday, 23 February 2012

All Out Cricket (02/12)

In this month’s mag, Phil Walker talks to Matt Prior – England’s uber impressive keeper-batsman and one of the few men to hold his own against Saeed Ajmal during England’s desert Tests. ‘The Beard’ reflects on the peaks and troughs of an eventful England career, and looks pretty mean on our cover too.

As for Ajmal, the smiling hoodlum tore it up last month, picking up wickets and headlines for fun. For every murmur about the legality of his action or otherwise, there are a hundred reasons to love watching this cricketer doing incredible things with a cricket ball. Watching him, Swanny and a rejuvenated Monty Panesar work their magic last month prompted us to put together a compact history of the evolution of modern spin bowling. From Tuffers to a couple of young English leggies, it’s all there.

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