WIS­DEN CRICK­ETERS’ ALMANACK 2018

Inside Sport - - Know More - – JC

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.

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