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The February issue of The Cricketer is shot through with quality content.

Scyld Berry is a busy man as cricket correspondent of the Telegraph. To coax him back to The Cricketer, we had to find the right topic to whet his appetite. After reading his book, Cricket Wallah, about the 1981/82 tour to India, we asked him to write Cricket Wallah 2 (a somewhat abridged version!) for us, reporting on how cricket in the country has changed in the last 35 years. It is a great read (page 54).

Lawrence Booth spent a long time persuading Paul Downton to talk. He had an uneasy year as MD of England Cricket. Until you read the interview, it is easy to forget how much turbulence he had to deal with. He is clearly a good man who has emerged smiling, with his head held high. It is an insightful and informative article (page 46).

The other piece we would like to highlight is the interview with West Indian opening legends Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. Freelance journalists have offered us Greenidge or Haynes, but we wanted to wait until we sat them both together (page 62). It took a year or two. They make a fascinating partnership still.

There are plenty of other tasty morsels in the issue: Simon Hughes’ plan to put English cricket back on track; Simon Wilde’s investigation of the Ranji Trophy; Paul Edwards' essay on the Durham debacle; interviews with England one-day captain Eoin Morgan, Australian wicketkeeping legend Ian Healy and new Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew.

Barney Ronay writes on the wonders and quirks of Australia's Big Bash - which has launched itself on to English terrestrial TV.


We also feature a special investigation into the thorny issue of drugs in cricket, and Derbyshire feature in our County Set.

In the heady summer of 1997, Captain Andrew Edwards was captivated by a rumbustious quick from Barnsley, Darren Gough, who features in My Favourite.

Please do fill in our readers’ survey included in the magazine. We listened to your wishes 12 months ago and we are convinced we have a better magazine for it.

We also include the results from our Greatest England Captain survey (page 70) - which one of Mike Brearley, Len Hutton, Douglas Jardine or Michael Vaughan was voted tops by our readers?

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