As certain as the changing of the seasons, the new edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack heralds the forthcoming season with a review of all things cricketing over the previous year. The third millennium proves no exception on this account, as the famous yellow volume clocks up another year. Yet the 2000 edition, the 137th, is something special, looking back over the whole of the last century of cricket, as well as the year just passed.

As part of this celebration, the five cricketers of the century are listed, and what a selection it is. Alongside the incomparable Bradman stand Hobbs, Sobers, Viv Richards and Warne. The selection is one for aficionados to debate for many a long evening, and that’s just for starters. How about the best 100 matches of the century, one for every year? They’re all here too. And that’s the beauty of it–Wisden 2000 is guaranteed to bring back many a golden memory.

Elsewhere, this year’s edition features the usual array of articles, facts, figures, reports and miscellany, all edited in a meticulous but lively manner by Matthew Engel, sadly for the last time. This year’s contributions include a retrospective on the career of retired Australian captain Mark Taylor, a look back at the 1999 World Cup in England, and a moving tribute to the late great West Indian paceman, Malcolm Marshall. With such breadth, the appeal is as clear as ever.

As a true chronicler of sport, Wisden has been unequalled for many years. Like its predecessors, the 2000 edition will bring pleasure to cricket lovers the world over. –Trevor Crowe

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2000 / The Millenium Edition




  1. Anonymous says:

    “On page 657 of this year’s Wisden is a picture of the Leicestershirecounty team, all smiling dutifully for the camera in their whites.
    Except that in the middle row, fourth from the left, is 29-year-oldspinner Matthew Brimson apparently exposing himself, mischievous grin andall.”
    Yes, this is the best thing about this book, and yes he is nowteaching at my school, hmmm…
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another cricket season starts, another millenium begins, what have the two in common, Wisdens cricketers almanac is the simple answer. The answer might be simple, but putting together such a book certainly is not and congratulations must go to the editor Matthew Engel and his staff for this millennium edition. As usual it is filled with all the statistics even the most ardent cricket fan would need to refer to from the previous season, but this time a look is taken over the previous 100 years cricket divided into easily readable segments from ‘Five Crickets of the Century’ through to ‘Images of the Century’ Which feature memerable photographes, from a grainy atmospheric picture of the Australian Victor Trumper in full flow on an Edwardian summers day, through to the athletic Jonty Rhoades in full flight at Edgbaston in 1998. The book is a delight and Wisden ‘the bible’has come up trumps again. Matthew Engel passes the editorship over to Graeme Wright, he must do so in the knowledge that it is in good hands.I look forward to the next 100 years!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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