1981

John Woodcock, the cricket correspondent of The Times since 1954, succeeded Norman Preston as editor. While Denis Compton led the tributes for Preston, Woodcock promised little change, explaining that "Since ... I was admonished for reading Wisden in form, I have had a deep affection for it as it is". The only difference of note was a change in qualification for the Births & Deaths section, with all Test cricketers included. Woodcock started his first set of Notes on a depressing tone: the unsatisfactory lbw law, the unnecessary dissent shown by players, and the amount of cricket being played - "We must be careful not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg."
Editor John Woodcock
Pages 1231
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Donning the helmet and more, 1981

Clarrie Grimmett

A Christmas present for Australia, 1981

Cricket in the Pacific

A surrogate for war, 1981

Cricketana - a bull market

The high price of cricket nostalgia, 1981

Fifty years on

Gubby Allen remembers his first Test, 1981

Radio reflections

The pleasure outweighs the pain, 1981

Status of matches in the UK

What is first-class and what isn't, 1981

The helmet

Sensible adjunct or well-marketed gimmick? (1981)

Series included

Australia in Pakistan, 1979-80

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Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1979-80

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England in Australia and India, 1979-80

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The Australians in England, 1980

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The Australians in India, 1979-80

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The Pakistanis in India, 1979-80

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The West Indians in Australia, 1979-80

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The West Indians in England, 1980

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The West Indians in New Zealand, 1979-80

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