The Almanack reflected on a glorious summer, even though Australia retained the Ashes. At the start of 1938 the highest score by an Englishman in a home Test was Philip Mead's 182, but that was exceeded four times in the season (by Hammond, Hutton, Paynter and Leyland). However, this served only to underline the continuing dominance of bat over ball. Transport continued to be the bane of players' lives - Leicestershire's side were delayed on their way to Northampton over the August Bank Holiday, and Northants had to lend them three of their players to field. Wisden branched out, producing a Rugby Football Annual for 2/6 (12.5p). Don Bradman accepted an invitation to write an article - "Cricket at the Crossroads" - in which he observed that "cricket is becoming less attractive to the public".
Editor Wilfred Brookes
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