WISDEN CRICKETERS’ ALMANACK 2018
EDITED BY LAWRENCE BOOTH, JOHN WISDEN, .
Every year, we get our hands on the latest edition of cricket’s little yellow book, at once declaiming how it’s always the same, then succumbing to its charms – like its early “taste” page, which, in noting the death of Maturi Sridhar, reports the he surpassed W.G. Grace’s record score by a medical professional.
New in the 155th edition: there’s a new section devoted to domestic T20, and Wisden also recognises the world cricketer of the year in the shortest format for the first time (hint: he’s an Afghan). The abbreviation for left-arm wrist-spin, notably, has been changed from “SLC” to “SLW”.
On the features front, there’s a neat piece on England playing its thousandth Test match, and a timely look at sexism in cricket, not quite scrubbed by the advances in the women’s game. For our local interest, Geoff Lemon recounts the history of Indigenous cricket, while Gideon Haigh does his thing on the subject of cricket mannerisms.
Good for: The kind of people who read Wisden.