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150 Not Out! That's a hell of an average,
This review is from: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2013 (Hardcover)
Some people buy many books over the course of a year; some people buy enough to warrant a decent bookcase whilst others treat themselves a handful of times. There is also another group of people that buy just one publication each year. The time has come when they shut themselves away from the world and indulge in a passion only understood and related to by fellow adherents. Yes, that ultimate reference book is now available: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. And how ironic. The day Wisden finds its way onto the shelves and whaddya know; it's raining and the start of the second day of the first round of County Championship matches is being delayed. Oh well. At least this way we know the cricket season has actually begun.
The first 54 pages looks back on those 150 years and includes ten moments that Wisden think changed cricket. Surprisingly, the advent of 20/20 isn't one of them, something which beget all other similar competitions, including the IPL. Both the editor (in his notes) and Patrick Collins have a go at Kevin Pietersen's belief that he is the only player that matters. Unfortunately, it seems he doesn't realise his arrogant attitude makes him thoroughly dislikeable, "I gave up the Captaincy for the good of English cricket." I don't think so. More like you realised you couldn't play in the IPL otherwise. For what it's worth, I think the ECB should have told him to get lost. The saddest section of the Almanack is always the obituaries, and this year Tony Greig is honoured with four pages.
Lawrence Booth's second outing as editor shows `the bible' is in capable hands and is the usual high standard you expect (could it be anything but?), containing everything you expect, including something unique (as far as I'm aware). In last years Almanack, readers were asked to submit a piece for inclusion this season and that honour (from 100 entrants, all of whom are name checked) goes to Brian Carpenter, who is given a page for a piece about South Africa. In their wisdom, the competition is to continue next year.
The rest is what you envisage and this can only be given five stars for one reason: you will only buy it if you're a cricket fanatic, and you will never be disappointed. Actually, there is one disappointment for me and it's a continuing gripe of mine; why isn't Wisden published before the start of the domestic season. It's only a matter of ten days or so, so I'm sure it can be done.
Right, I'm off to email the Editor about it.
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