THE content of the 147th Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
will be exceptionally interesting this spring because 2009 was an eventful year. The third edition to be edited by Sunday Telegraph
cricket correspondent Scyld Berry is due to be published on April 15.
Unrivalled writers such as Mike Atherton, Matthew Engel, Gideon Haigh, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Sir Michael Parkinson and of course Charles Randall have contributed. Among many features, there are articles on the year cricket lost its innocence, from the time the Sri Lanka bus was ambushed by terrorists in Lahore on March 3, 2009.
A lively record of the Ashes series in England includes input from Andrew Strauss, the captain, and Andy Flower, the coach. Perhaps even more exciting, by Randall, there is a look at the umpires' new bond with technology and an account of the England Lions tour of New Zealand. This alone makes the 2010 edition excellent value at £45.
Perhaps the most famous sports book in the world with its daffodil dust jacket, the almanack has been published every year since 1864.