1986

Celebrating the year which England last won the Ashes at home, the 1986 edition had a theme of change. Sir Donald Bradman wrote on a new era in cricket, dubbing the last 50 years a "revolution". He gave the thumbs-up to one-day cricket - it had got rid of boring batsmen, and improved the fielding and running between wickets. Jack Bannister noted another evolution, what he called a "financial revolution", with the Packer issue helping to increase players' and umpires' Test fees sevenfold. There was also a detailed progression of the covering of pitches over the years. But perhaps the biggest change was yet to come, as this was John Woodcock's final edition as editor.
Editor John Woodcock
Pages 1296
Price £12.50