I make no apologies for my love of cricket's bible - I am an avid collector and could think of no finer acclaim than a piece in it's storied pages. The posts below talk of that affection - enjoy.
The little yellow book – a cricketing bible (March 6, 2012)
|Wisden 1864 - the beginning|
Is the written word continually playing and missing? Are books, once the source of all knowledge, about to be dismissed after a well compiled innings? Has the new digital age seen them go the same way as cricket's grafters in a T20 world?
The WISDEN addiction – one man’s story (March 9, 2012)
|It may start with one but....|
How did a Kiwi cricketing tragic half a world away from Wisden’s spiritual home catch the bug? Like many of my generation, I got the obligatory sporting biography at Christmas – it resonated with me and ever since I’ve collected cricket books quicker than the public turned on Jesse Ryder.
New Zealand's WISDEN Cricketers of the Year series
Even if you don't know much about cricket, you may know that a small yellow book called Wisden has been around for a while... Some in the cricket world refer to it as 'the Bible'… You may also know that, despite being an annual publication in the age of instant comment, Wisden still has a bit of clout, which says plenty for the acumen of previous editors. Then there are the Five Cricketers of the Year, the selection of whom has been the sole prerogative of the editor since 1889, give or take the occasional break for a world war.
Lawrence Booth, Mail Online, 11 April 2012
Part 1: The trailblazers
- Roger Blunt – 1928 Wisden
- Stewie Dempster – 1932
- Martin Donnelly – 1948
- Bert Sutcliffe - 1950
Part 2: The first continue
- John R Reid – 1959
- Dick Motz – 1966
- Glenn Turner - 1971
- Bevan Congdon – 1974
Part 3: Sir Richard Hadlee
- Richard Hadlee - 1982
Part 4: Winning is a habit
- Jeremy Coney – 1984
- Martin Crowe – 1985
- Chris Cairns - 2000
|The future: Williamson and Bracewell|
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Maybe down the line I’ll make it into cricket’s bible - I wasn’t good enough as a player, so writing may be my only opportunity though Chris Martin might run me close with his debut test century. Thank you for building a nest egg, John Wisden – you regularly transport me to another cricketing time.