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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2012 [Hardcover]

Lawrence Booth
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10 April 2012 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
The most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Wisden 2012 - the 149th edition - contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs. Including the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and some of the finest sports writing of the year - such as the brilliant obituaries - together with trenchant opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack truly is a "must-have" for every cricket fan. A perennial bestseller in the UK. "There can't really be any doubt about the cricket book of the year, any year: it's obviously Wisden". Andrew Baker in the Daily Telegraph

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  • Hardcover: 1648 pages
  • Publisher: John Wisden & Co Ltd; 149th edition (10 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408156342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408156346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 10.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a dense, lovely, essential chunk of cricket history Sport Magazine 20120416

About the Author

This is Lawrence Booth's first year as Editor of Wisden, although he has contributed for many years. He is also cricket writer for the Daily Mail and author of several critically acclaimed cricket books. He is one of the most respected and well liked authorities in the modern game.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wisdom of Wisden 10 April 2012
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Given the option of taking one book onto that desert island, some would select the Holy Bible. Others, myself included, would plump for their own bible, that of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, now on its 149th edition.

It's not that easy to review a book that is primarily based on statistics. Whatever the subject matter, either you like it or you don't. When it comes to Wisden, there is no in between of, "well it`s okay but...."; it's either one star or it's five stars. Having said that, no one would ever give a statistical anthology on cricket, football, or anything else less than a top rating, as you wouldn't be reading it if you didn't have a great interest in what's within the pages.

Lawrence Booth, a man with a cricket writers' pedigree, takes over the responsibility of Editor and does a decent job, not that it could be anything other than that, as the format hasn't really changed since 1864. Once again, the editorial is worth reading (though 17 pages on `Behind the Scenes at the ICC' is a bit much) and brings up a few surprises; how many know the 1900 Olympics had a one-off cricket final between England and France? (The earliest the sport can be included is 2024.) There is also a worrying trend of the 20/50 over format taking over from Test matches, as read in a brief piece by Richard Gillis; the World Test Championship planned for 2013 isn't going to happen because India couldn't be guaranteed to be involved, and it appears only tournaments that country can't lose will be considered staging. As for the ubiquitous `Five Cricketers of the Year', one of Booth's selections might have anyone outside Worcestershire scratching their head.

What may be surprising is that the total page count comes in at 1552, nearly 100 less than you'll be used to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Annual Encyclopaedia of Cricket 12 April 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack remains the most complete and comprehensive review of cricket. The heavyweight distinctive yellow (now with a cover photograph) has filled my book shelf for years. The new editor,Lawrence Booth, has set his stamp on how he feels the game is to progress. 1522 pages of reference, statistics, but more so the opinions of the editor and other knowledgible contributors. Money seems to drive the game. So be it. The one day and 20/20 matches attract massive crowds. Instant hits and results. I agree with Mr Booth that the intrigue, guile, unpredictable variation in the 5 day test matches are under threat. Personally I feel this is the ultimate form. The one day shoot-off will attract like soccer but will it burn off? The Indian power is not in dispute for financial reasons. The Pakistan scandal is not disregarded nor other potential avenues of corruption. Mike Brearly relates the associations of cricketers and their emotional and depressive problems. Long term abscences on the county circuit and lengthy tours have had their well-known effects on players.
Apart from the wealth of information, we are reminded of the losses of legendary cricketers. Trevor Bailey, Basil d'Oliveira, Fred Titmus amongst others.
The Five cricketers of the year are described in detail and the reasons for their selection. Some open for debate but that's cricket.
Indispensable for lovers of the most marvellous of sports. A pick up and read that will last for more than a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Editor Proves Wisden is Still in Safe Hands 13 April 2012
Gosh, is it really a year since the last one? The new cricket season waits before us, to borrow radio genius Danny Baker's delicious aphorism, like a great big shoe with its lights on. It's quite probably my age, but the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is surely coming round quicker every year. At least that's how it feels.

It's the first under the editorship of Lawrence Booth, the youngest editor of the Wisden Almanack for 72 years. I'm pleased to report its very much business as usual. No boats have been rocked, it still looks, feels and reads very much like a Wisden should. He tackles the weighty issues affecting (the future of) the game - Twenty20, India and the IPL, the jailing of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, the World Cup and Test cricket. However, he has also introduced two competitions (see page 25), one of which offers a lucky reader/writer the chance to have his or her work published in next year's Almanack, which will be the 150th.

The big news is always the Five Cricketers of the Year. Yes, the selection of Alastair Cook was a no-brainer, but what had he done, or not done, to escape the accolade thus far, a full six years since his debut ton in India? Likewise, Kumar Sangakkara, a run-glutton for Sri Lanka for the past dozen years, who was also named The Leading Cricketer in the World, 2011. Tim Bresnan, a cricketer who is showing every promise of rising above the rank of doughty yeoman into something approaching the new Flinto... Let's just say he's turning into a pretty useful Test all-rounder. Completing the quintet are County Champions Lancashire and Worcestershire stalwarts respectively Glen Chapple and Alan Richardson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic for cricket lovers 8 Jun 2012
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I bought this as a birthday gift for my cricket loving husband- if the weather stays as it is, this might be as close to a game as he gets this season. I don't understand the attraction but he can spend hours totally absorbed so it must be good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all cricket lovers.
I bought this as a present for one of my sons who has always enjoyed dipping in to it. I hope he now makes it a collection over the years.
Published 10 days ago by Professor J E Banatvala
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I have a good collection of Wisdens including some quite old ones, and am adding to them yearly, be a nice hand on when I go.
Published 4 months ago by S. M. Middleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
My father has been collecting these for years, so he was very happy for get this edition which was missing from his collection
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Dawn Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisden 2012 review
I was very happy to receive my 2012 edition of Wisden. It was up to its usual very high standard.
Published 9 months ago by graham b
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Wisden
Not a great deal to say - it is Wisden and as always the articles are great, I wish more sports gave such a comprehensive review of the past season. Read more
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Published 10 months ago by Erskine Terence Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars cricket lovely cricket
excellent as always though does help being a cricket nut. had a quick delivery(sorry about the pun) as always and in A1 condition
Published 10 months ago by jimbo98
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the usual standard
The cricketer's standard reference guide to the preceding season. The additional articles are written with authority by experienced cricket authors and live up to Wisden... Read more
Published 13 months ago by stephen walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief comments on 2013 Almanac.
Full of interest to a cricket lover. In years to come will become a very worthwhile investment as with all Wisden Almanacs.
Published 14 months ago by R.B.Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisden 2012
How could a cricket fan live without Wisden? All the records are there and the editorials are beautifully crafted and well written.
Published 14 months ago by Timothy St Ather
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