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A Wisden Collection

Ed G. Wright
Bloomsbury
Published 2004
ISBN 0-7475-7435-9
Chapter by Mihir Bose – ‘Heroes and Villains’

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For 140 years Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack has collected and collated what happens in top-class cricket, making Wisden the most famous name in sports publishing. Its pages record the development of a game and reflect social changes in the world beyond the game’s boundaries. A Wisden Collection provides a taste of Wisden down the years, picking out the highlights and the heroes who have made cricket headlines. Contents include: Classroom to County Ground. Schoolboys who stepped straight into county cricket and immediately made a name for themselves, e.g. R.H. Spooner, F.H. Knott, W.W. Timms, D.L. Bairstow, M.R. Ramprakash. Talent Spotting. How Wisden predicted the game’s greats in their first season, and where they went from there, e.g. Frank Woolley, Peter May, Ian Botham. The 100 Hundreds. List as per WCA, plus match report when each reached his 100th hundred. Wham! Bam! Big hitters and fast scorers from C.I. ‘Buns’ Thornton of Victorian times through Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham to Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. Animal Crackers. Tiger Smith, Tiger O’Reilly, Tiger Pataudi, and Phil ‘The Cat’ Tufnell. Baseball in England. Including games at Lord’s and The Oval.Fashion Notes and High Society. Equipment and clothing, including helmets and streakers. Cricket’s High Society; Kings and Queens, Czars, US Presidents. As Bad as it Gets. Wisden’s take on the lowest scores by countries and counties. The Book Group. Literary connections in Wisden down the decades. Heroes and Villains. The players at the heart of cricket’s controversies, e.g. Douglas Jardine, Geoff Boycott, Tony Greig, Dennis Lillee, Muttiah Muralitharan and Hansie Cronje.

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