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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014 Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014


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  • Hardcover: 1632 pages
  • Publisher: Wisden; Large format ed edition (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408175673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408175675
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There can't really be any doubt about the cricket book of the year, any year: it's obviously "Wisden."" --Andrew Baker, "The Daily Telegraph"

About the Author

This is Lawrence Booth's third 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
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The most interesting thing about Wisden is the editorial. Yes, the match reports are always worth reading and poring over scorecards is never a wasted moment (especially those involving your own team), and perusing the records section can make for some interesting discoveries - not that this part of the almanack changes that often. But it's the sometimes in-depth essays that make this money well spent and this year is no different. Then again, would it matter what the content was, as Wisden isn't like any other book; it has a specific audience who buy it every year anyway.

What may come as a surprise to many is the inclusion of Charlotte Edwards as one of the `five cricketers of the year', only the second time a woman has been awarded this accolade (Claire Taylor was the first). After the winter fiasco and T20 World Cup capitulation from the men, maybe there should be more given this award. (And the girls always play with a smile, something sadly lacking in the male game.) The colour photos include Sarah Taylor's scarcely believable catch against Australia, and Virat Kohli getting his face disfigured by the ball. All well worth seeing. Staying with the women, there's also a piece on the five greatest women cricketers of all time.

The thinly veiled attack on the ECB and Cricket Australia for acquiescing to the demands of the BCCI is well warranted. They should have told them to get stuffed and let them get on with it, as the other seven test playing nations may well say to the so called `Big Three'. Whatever anyone may argue, no one will benefit, especially us, the spectators, but when did we ever matter to anyone in sport?
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The 151st Wisden and I have a copy (facsimiles of the early issues) of each one. Each year the editor's job gets harder with an increasing amount of cricket, along with the records and the features that have to be fitted into the near 1600 pages. Unfortunately the Test records section which as recently as 2007 season stretched to 141 pages is now restricted to 78.

The most important article in the 2014 almanack is Gideon Haigh's account about the carve-up in world cricket. All the Test matches played in 2013 are detailed. along with the usual coverage of county cricket. and overseas domestic matches. Unfortunately, the excessive amount of one-day and Twenty20 matches covered dilutes the influence of Test cricket.

For the second time the Five Cricketers of the Year features a woman. Charlotte Edwards. Claire Taylor was the first one in 2009. I feel this a mistake. Women's cricket is of a far lower standard than the men's game and it is a misjudgement that one of the five awards is given to a female cricketer. Shane Watson would have been a more worthy inclusion. There could be a separate women Cricketer of the Year award, when appropriate. As in previous years the women's cricket features are scattered around the almanack. rather than featuring in a special section.

Features like the book reviews and obituaries would be better placed at the end of the book rather than towards the beginning.

Therel should always be A Wisden and I look forward to next year's 152nd edition.
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By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
The most interesting thing about Wisden is the editorial. Yes, the match reports are always worth reading and poring over scorecards is never a wasted moment (especially those involving your own team), and perusing the records section can make for some interesting discoveries - not that this part of the almanack changes that often. But it's the sometimes in-depth essays that make this money well spent and this year is no different. Then again, would it matter what the content was, as Wisden isn't like any other book; it has a specific audience who buy it every year anyway.

What may come as a surprise to many is the inclusion of Charlotte Edwards as one of the `five cricketers of the year', only the second time a woman has been awarded this accolade (Claire Taylor was the first). After the winter fiasco and T20 World Cup capitulation from the men, maybe there should be more given this award. (And the girls always play with a smile, something sadly lacking in the male game.) The colour photos include Sarah Taylor's scarcely believable catch against Australia, and Virat Kohli getting his face disfigured by the ball. All well worth seeing. Staying with the women, there's also a piece on the five greatest women cricketers of all time.

The thinly veiled attack on the ECB and Cricket Australia for acquiescing to the demands of the BCCI is well warranted. They should have told them to get stuffed and let them get on with it, as the other seven test playing nations may well say to the so called `Big Three'. Whatever anyone may argue, no one will benefit, especially us, the spectators, but when did we ever matter to anyone in sport?
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