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  • Hardcover: 1552 pages
  • Publisher: John Wisden; 149 edition (9 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408156342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408156346
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 April 2012
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vic Templar on 13 April 2012
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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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One of the life's annual pleasures is receiving the new edition of Wisden. Given the increase in the amount of cricket the book contains over 1552 pages. Wisden has to represent developments in the game and cricket authorities rather than Wisden are responsible for the result.

There are some changes that should be considered. The records sections should be in their original place rather towards the end of the book, which would be a more appropriate position for the obituaries now featured earlier in the almanac. Also a return to publishing a Test player's career series by series which was done up to 2003. The articles about women's cricket are scattered throught the almanack and it would be better if they were collected in one section.

Wisden is still good friend. With a little tinkering it return to the standard of its peak years.
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