2004

The 141st edition, back under Matthew Engel's editorship, introduced a new accolade: Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World. The first winner was Ricky Ponting, and there was a list of the Top Forty, based on their 2003 form. There were 14 Australians ... and only one West Indian. The new award allowed the Five Cricketers of the Year to be selected on the old yardstick of influence on the preceding English season: two South Africans - Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten - were joined by Chris Adams (captain of first-time champions Sussex), Andrew Flintoff and Ian Harvey. Inside, the text was redesigned, and some records were transferred to Cricinfo, but the Editor's Notes remained as trenchant as ever. Engel denounced Zimbabwe as a "wretched tryanny", and then passed judgment on the Cricket Reform Group (led by the former England captains Mike Atherton and Bob Willis), which was advocating greater emphasis on club rather than county cricket: "I am gobsmacked that Mike and Bob expect English cricket to be more competitive by becoming more amateur."
Editor Matthew Engel
Pages 1648
Price £35

Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Comment, 2004

The Great Reform Act

Notes by the Editor, 2004

Back to Bradman

World Cricket in 2003

Call my agent

Essay, 2004

England Players in 2003 - part 1 of 5

Ali - Caddick, 2004

England Players in 2003 - part 2 of 5

Clarke - Harmison, 2004

England Players in 2003 - part 3 of 5

Hoggard - Knight, 2004

England Players in 2003 - part 4 of 5

McGrath - Stewart, 2004

England Players in 2003 - part 5 of 5

Strauss - White, 2004

Fortifying the Over-Forties

Essay, 2004

Good Housekeeping

The England Team in 2003

Have you heard the new Wisden?

2004 Audio CD

Ricky Ponting

The Leading Cricketer in the World 2003

Stumpers or stoppers?

Essay, 2004

The Wisden Forty - part 1 of 4

The world's top players during 2003

The Wisden Forty - part 2 of 4

The world's top players during 2003

The Wisden Forty - part 3 of 4

The world's top players during 2003

The Wisden Forty - part 4 of 4

The world's top players during 2003

The Year of the Martlet

Essay, 2004

Trying to Melt the Iceman

Essay, 2004

Would you rather be an Oaf than a fool?

Essay, 2004

National Cricket League Division One

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National Cricket League Division Two

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Twenty20 Cup

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Series included

Bank Alfalah Cup, 2003

Report | Matches

Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup, 2002-03

Report | Matches

England in Australia 2002-03

Report | Matches

England in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2003-04

Report | Matches

India A in England, 2003

Report | Matches

Kenyans in Zimbabwe, 2002-03

Report | Matches

Pakistan v Australia, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The 2003 World Cup

Report | Matches

The Australians in the West Indies, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The Bangladeshis in Australia, 2003

Report | Matches

The Bangladeshis in Pakistan, 2003

Report | Matches

The Bangladeshis in South Africa, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The Indians in New Zealand, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The NatWest Series, 2003

Report | Matches

The New Zealanders in India, 2003-04

Report | Matches

The New Zealanders in Pakistan, 2003-04

Report | Matches

The New Zealanders in Sri Lanka, 2003

Report | Matches

The Pakistanis in England, 2003

Report | Matches

The Pakistanis in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The South Africans in Bangladesh, 2003

Report | Matches

The South Africans in England, 2003

Report | Matches

The South Africans in Pakistan, 2003-04

Report | Matches

The Sri Lankans in South Africa, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The Sri Lankans in the West Indies, 2003

Report | Matches

The West Indians in India and Bangladesh, 2002-03

Report | Matches

The Zimbabweans in Australia, 2003-04

Report | Matches

The Zimbabweans in England, 2003

Report | Matches

TVS Cup in Bangladesh, 2003

Report | Matches

TVS Cup in India, 2003-04

Report | Matches

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