Full name Norman Preston
Born March 18, 1903
Died March 6, 1980, Beckenham, Kent (aged 76 years 354 days)
Other Journalist, Author
Relation Father - H Preston
Norman Preston came from good Almanack stock, His father, Hubert, had edited the Almanack before him and was a partner in Pardon's Cricket Reporting Agency which he joined in 1933. He also covered overseas tours for Reuters as well as working for the Press Association.
Only Sydney Pardon was in office longer than Preston's 29 years, and his final edition in 1981 was published weeks after his death. He guided the Almanack through some difficult times, and the expansion of the game led to tough - and not always popular - decisions to cut or restrict some long-standing content.
The themes of redemption and rehabilitation had been a constant companion for Pakistan in the build-up to what proved to be an epic first Test, but it was only in that moment of victory that the true significance of their 75-run win could be understood
Pakistan's thrilling triumph at Lord's was underscored by their captain's serenity
The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win
Also, losing ten-fors, and back to back Tests at Lord's
England played a full part in a compelling Test, but if they are to continue to evolve as a Test side the top order has to shape matches
Sri Lanka's lead spinner must feel like a bus driver in charge of a spluttering vehicle as the hosts strive to challenge a strong Australian side
There was enough logic in Alastair Cook's decision not to enforce the follow-on to make it understandable at worst and reasonable at best
Australia will be hoping that Mitchell Marsh grows from an emerging allrounder into a top-quality allrounder by the end of the Sri Lanka tour
Technique and anticipation are important for close-in fielding. Many of today's fielders lack both