The 140th edition was the first to feature a photograph on the cover - the two top-hatted gentlemen who had gambolled there since 1938 were moved to the spine. To soothe diehard collectors, a traditional cover was also available. The cover star - Michael Vaughan, who scored 1481 Test runs in 2002 - was chosen by Tim de Lisle, the Almanack's first one-off editor and, at 40, one of its youngest. He was appointed to fill the gap between the retirement of Graeme Wright and the return of Matthew Engel, who was working in America. Inside, the 2003 edition boasted an expanded Features section, including assessments of Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh. The international avalanche was demonstrated by coverage of 22 Test series and ten other one-day tournaments, as well as by brief scores of the 2003 World Cup.
Editor Tim de Lisle
Pages 1760
Price £35