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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2021 Hardcover – 15 June 2021
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The 158th edition of the most famous sports book in the world - published every year since 1864 - contains some of the world's finest sports writing, and reflects on an unprecedented year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Writers include Lawrence Booth, Sir Garfield Sobers, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Gideon Haigh, Andy Zaltzman, Tom Holland, Duncan Hamilton, Robert Winder, Matthew Engel, Scyld Berry, Derek Pringle, Jack Leach and James Anderson. As usual, Wisden includes the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and the famous obituaries. And, as ever, there are reports and scorecards for every Test, together with forthright opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records.
"There can't really be any doubt about the cricket book of the year, any year: it's obviously Wisden" Andrew Baker in The Daily Telegraph
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It is a book of three parts: comment; record; and delightful minutiae, which always brings the most cheer. -- Mike Atherton ― The Times
The joys of the Almanack are the joys of cricket. Its landscape is vast, its minutia endlessly explorable. It is somewhere to escape to. -- Jon Hotten ― Wisden Cricket Monthly
- Publisher : Wisden (15 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472975472
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472975478
- Dimensions : 10.26 x 4.34 x 19.23 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 31,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coming in at around 300 pages shy of what we’re used to, though surprisingly, it’s still bigger than any Wisden pre-1980, the 158th edition of our ‘Bible’ contains everything you expect, there’s just not as much of it as you might like. The writing is its usual top-notch and the 'Notes by the Editor' doesn't pull any punches, as always, before we get to the meat of the whole thing; the stats section. The features on the history of cricket bats and the unfortunate demise of first-class University cricket are the best of an excellent bunch whilst the obituaries always make sad reading, and those non cricketers who get mentioned include Frank Bough, Nicholas Parsons, Nobby Stiles and Tim Brooke-Taylor. The photos show to what lengths some go to play a game.
But, like most other devotees probably do, the first thing I always turn to is the section on my own team (Kent), which made better reading than usual, and I was also pleased to see Darren Stevens as one of the ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’, and being the oldest since 1933, and fourth oldest ever, to receive the accolade, so congratulations to him. Fortunately, there was enough domestic and overseas cricket played to be able to choose five and satiate us all.
With the season underway and into its second round of matches, there isn’t really much more to say, only that the format for this season's Championship is a bit different but it does mean counties play others they might not have entertained for many years. You know you’re going to buy it anyway and spend days and weeks digesting every word inside and hope it will keep you going until the 2022 Almanack drops onto your doormat. It's just a shame we won't be able to browse the pages whilst waiting for the rain to stop.
You’re a certain type of collector/stats nerd if you buy and/or read this book. You’ll enjoy this as a stats nerd if you’re said stats nerd. If you’ve read previous editions before, and enjoyed them, you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re starting out on your cricketing journey, it’s expensive, perhaps have a skim through it first to see if it’s really for your cup of tea.