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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014 Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Wisden; 151 edition (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408175681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408175682
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wisden has earned the respect and affection of every serious sports fan...that iconic yellow jacket still marks a fixed point in a disorderly world. - Daily Telegraph

As comprehensive and opinionated as ever. --Independent on Sunday

Nothing beats the reassuring thud on the doormat in April when Wisden lands, as a harbinger of the season to come and a reminder of seasons gone. - Mike Atherton, The Times

The modern Wisden is a marvel of accuracy and inclusiveness. --The Times

A truly unique sporting institution. - Financial Times

...a treasure trove of superb writing. --Sunday Express

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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13 of 13 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Bowen on 17 Sept. 2014
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again here. Those that buy Wisden typically fall into 1 of 3 groups. Collectors of some sort, a particular type of cricketing aficionado, or a friend of said aficionado, who's looking for a gift. That isn't meant to be mean, it's just is what it is.

There isn't nothing much I can say to the collector, those people will buy it no matter what I say I suspect. To the aficionados, and their gift giving friends I say.... "It's a Wisden. It's got all the usual things that a Wisden aficionado has come to know and like in it."
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By Dr. Jonson on 28 May 2014
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Every year I say to myself,"No, I really don't need to buy Wisden this year . So much of the content is the same as last year ." But then you realise that this is not the case
as the Obituaries change year on year; the news from those countries which are not known as regular cricketing countries always contains interest and joy at the pleasure that can be drawn from this game and even snippets about the skills of the groundsmen, the press and even the administrators and the weather have so much humour and interest. The editorial style has varied so much over the years. Hubert Preston was basic and somewhat turgid but ensured that Wisden provided a true record of the years cricketing events but did not stray off the path of English cricket apart from a few pages dedicated to the commonwealth. But as times and editors have changed, the scope has expanded to cover all aspects of the game and all corners of the world. We can now even countenance a lady as a "Cricketer of the Year". O tempora , O mores. But I for one welcome these changes and will no doubt be back next season to refresh my mind on some of the pleasures of the year 2014.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anonscot on 1 May 2014
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Wisden has seemed to struggle just a little of late, with some articles and reports that were not that well written and/or overly long. This was suggestive of the editors being overwhelmed by their task and not being able to exercise proper quality control. The very good news from the 2014 edition is that clear, crisp and focussed writing has returned in much of the almanack. The tone is always set by the "notes from the editor". Of late this has deviated a bit from the forthright opinions of Woodcock, Wright, Engel and even Preston, but this year the editor is spot on, in particular on the main issues, KP and BCCI. With one exception, the other main articles and informative and enjoyable: Stern's and Gibbs' articles are especially recommended. Gideon Haigh's account of the BCCI coup is excellent. Those who read his blog over the winter will know what to expect. Those who relied on certain UK newspapers may be surprised. One other highlight is the introduction to the UK T20 competition.

As usual much of the Almanack is tour and match reports. The accounts of the Ashes tests seem long but are in fact not much longer than those describing the 1953 Ashes! All the (needless) pictures and information boxes just make things seem to go on. Here the editorial red pen could be used. But there is little to quibble about in this part of the Almanack. Facts and events are presented clearly.

Occasionally things don't work. Tendulkar gets 12 pages on his retirement. 2 are a review of how the media covered Tendulkar, which says a lot about priorities. [For the record in 1949 Bradman got 4 pages + a proper statistical survey,] One longs for articles such as Woodcock's tribute to Peter May in 1971 (as an example of precise writing).
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