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on 4 August 2013
Wisden reaches its one-and-a-half century with the almanack running to 1586 pages, 32 more than the previous year. Part one of the deals with the book's history.
The order of contents is similar to the two previous years, with a full record of all Test played last ytear and a full record of the 2012 county season. The Five Cricketers of the Year are Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, Nick Compton, Jacques Kallis and Marlon Samuels. It seems illogical to have the book reviews and the obituaries in the middle rather than the end of the almanack. The women's cricket features would be better in one section rather than odd pages scattered through the book.
One major change from the past is how cricket books are reviewed. When John Arlott was in charge, he looked to say something positive about each submission. This year's reviewer, Guardian journalist John Crace, seems to be more interested in giving a kicking to people he finds dislikeable than giving a considred account of the previous year's publications Freddie Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott and Ian Botham are three of the objects of his criticism and a fourth, Robin Jackman is criticised for living in South Africa, even though his wife comes from that country. It seems that even the Guardian has to have one sexist journalist. One hopes a more positive reviewer will be used next year.
Despite my criticisms, I look forward to the 151st edition next year.