Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack was first published in 1864. A new volume has appeared every year since then, so Wisden 2013 was the 150th edition.
WHAT’S IN WISDEN ALMANACK 2017?
It was another hectic 12 months for England’s cricketers. They were pipped to the World Twenty20 crown by West Indies in Kolkata, then hammered 4–0 by Virat Kohli’s India when they returned for a Test series. In between, they became 50-over record breakers. Wisden picks over the entrails.
Following the hottest year on record, Tanya Aldred looks at what climate change might mean for cricket, and warns it may never be the same again.
Phil Walker laments the disappearance of the English game’s working-class heroes, while Alex Massie considers the influence of politics on cricket – and vice versa – in the wake of the Brexit referendum.
The latest ball-tampering furore was sparked by a humble mint, rekindling a debate that often leaves a bitter taste. Derek Pringle reflects on one of sport’s most arcane practices, and reveals some intriguing secrets.
There is much to celebrate too. Joe Root relives his masterful 254 against Pakistan, blow by blow. Alastair Cook’s passage to 10,000 Test runs – the first Englishman to join an exalted club – is dissected by Andy Zaltzman. And Matthew Engel assesses Test Match Special on its 60th anniversary.
Clare Connor pays tribute to Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and Vic Marks remembers Tony Cozier, the voice of Caribbean cricket. Wisden also gives its last word on Hanif Mohammad, Martin Crowe, Max Walker, Jack Bannister and many others.
In an age when the ball sails over the rope more often than ever, Gideon Haigh charts the trajectory of the six. Rob Smyth also looks back, and discovers that the best guide to cricketers’ styles can lie in the back gardens of their youth.
The Almanack retells some dramatic county stories, including Middlesex’s first Championship since 1993, secured with a hat-trick on a sun-bathed final evening at Lord’s. And, ahead of their 25th anniversary as a first-class club, we examine the controversial punishment of Durham.
Wisden unearths its customary curios. Who was run out by a nose? Why did the National Trust send Surrey a bill? Which batsman missed a game after an altercation with a fan?
The answer to these questions, and countless more, can be found in Wisden 2017.