2001

The 138th edition was back to a more traditional format after the special features of the Millennium edition - and an old editor returned too, with Graeme Wright stepping back into the hot seat as Matthew Engel had taken up a Guardian appointment in America. The Five Cricketers of the Year, slightly overshadowed in 2000 by the Five Cricketers of the Century, returned to their former prominence. Two England bowlers - Martin Bicknell and Andy Caddick - balanced two Australian batsmen, in Justin Langer and Darren Lehmann, who had enjoyed sensational county seasons. Neatly, the fifth man was an allrounder, Mark Alleyne, who had also led Gloucestershire to a clean sweep of England's one-day trophies. The enduring fast-bowling partnership of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh reached the end of the road, a fact marked ruefully by Mike Atherton, a frequent Ambrose victim, and Vic Marks. Meanwhile editor Wright had to cope with the match-fixing scandal: "Hansie Cronje's worst crime," he wrote, "was not against cricket, but against morality and decency."
Editor Graeme Wright
Pages 1648
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Test cricket's ten-year plan and more, 2001

A game in shame

Cricket's darkest chapter, 2001

A Wisden's war

How the 1939 Almanack lifted troops, 2001

Back to grass roots

Dissatisfaction with English pitches, 2001

Brothers in arms

Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, 2001

Colin Cowdrey - the spirit of cricket

MCC the man, 2001

Into the dark, cold night

A tribute to Statham and Cowdrey, 2001

Motivation through self-belief

All the rage - overseas coaches in England, 2001

Never a famous cricketer

Rupert Brooke, Geoff Hurst and more, 2001

Series included

Aiwa Cup, 1999-2000

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Australia in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, 1999-2000

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Cable & Wireless Series, 1999-2000

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Carlton & United Series, 1999-2000

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Coca-Cola Champions' Trophy, 1999-2000

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Coca-Cola Cup, 1999-2000

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Coca-Cola Singapore Challenge, 1999-2000

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DMC Festival, 1999-2000

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England in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1999-2000

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ICC Knockout, 2000-01

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LG Cup, 1999-2000

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Pepsi Asia Cup, 1999-2000

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Singer Triangular Series, 2000

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Standard Bank Challenge Series, 1999-2000

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Standard Bank International Series, 1999-2000

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Super Challenge, 2000

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The Australians in New Zealand, 1999-2000

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The Indians in Australia, 1999-2000

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The NatWest Series, 2000

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The New Zealanders in India, 1999-2000

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The Pakistanis in Australia, 1999-2000

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The Pakistanis in Sri Lanka, 2000

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The Pakistanis in the West Indies, 1999-2000

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The South Africans in India, 1999-2000

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The South Africans in Sri Lanka, 2000

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The Sri Lankans in Pakistan, 1999-2000

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The Sri Lankans in Zimbabwe, 1999-2000

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The West Indians in Bangladesh, 1999-2000

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The West Indians in England, 2000

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The West Indians in New Zealand, 1999-2000

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The Zimbabweans in England, 2000

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The Zimbabweans in South Africa, 1999-2000

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The Zimbabweans in the West Indies, 1999-2000

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