Whilst the British climate may not truly herald the beginning of summer until a later date, the publication of this cricketing bible each April signals the imminent start of the season for our summer game. As ever, the latest edition Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2001, stands as a benchmark for every aspiring sports annual. Wisden represents something of a constant in a rapidly changing cricketing world. Yet it almost seems that each passing year gives the editor and writers even more food for thought. In the 2001 Almanack, alongside the usual welter of information and statistics, focus falls on the match-fixing scandals that have blighted the game over the last year or so, and, on a related theme, the need for the world game’s governing body, the ICC, to adopt a stronger stance on major issues. Other featured articles pay tribute to the West Indian pace duo of Ambrose and Walsh, the former profiled by England opener Michael Atherton, and to the sadly departed Sir Colin Cowdrey. A short obituary to the game’s greatest ever exponent, Sir Donald Bradman, who passed away as Wisden was on the presses, is also included. In addition, there’s always room for the light-hearted side of the game too, including the story of a naked cricket match which took place in Yorkshire last year. As ever, Wisden sets a high standard for sports publishing, and remains a great read for all cricket-lovers. –Trevor Crowe

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2001




  1. Anonymous says:

    As usual Wisden is unmissable – the complete record of last year and (I write on the first day of the county championship) a foretaste of the delights of the English ‘summer’ to come. Thought-provoking essays take up the first part of the huge book, commemorating Colin Cowdrey and looking into the unresolved issues of match-fixing. The match reports which come later are marvellously evocative and readable. If your interest in cricket has been (re)awakened by England’s progress, buying Wisden is the next step.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Yet again Wisden arrives on my doorstep with it’s usual array of incisive writing and endless statistics. This year’s offering includes a superb look into the continuing match fixing saga’s which continue to shame the game. Also, in the 2001 edition there is an in depth look into last summer’s test series victory over the West Indies, the first time England have captured the Wisden trophy for 27 years, in what included some very memorable cricket (who could forget the packed house on the final day at the Oval?). If you have even a passing interest in cricket, I urge you to grap a copy. You will not regret it !!!!!!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bought Wisden for the first time last year, and I was thrilled! The match reports are witty and fun to read; not stating the obvious. THe statistics are comprehensive, especially the country Vs country stats. The articles are nice, I would have liked more of them. There are also good reviews on cricket magazines, books and periodicals. English season is covered in great depth. But even an international reader would enjoy it. First class seasons of other countries are also covered in some detail, and is interesting to read. All in all a complete reference for any cricket lover.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wisden is the best. It allows me to keep a record of all matches played all over the world. The statistics are extremely thorough and accurate. Articles are enjoyable and intelligent. Reviews of new books, biographies and even video games are present. I bought Wisden 2000 last year, and am now never going to miss even one year.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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