Matthew Engel took over the editorship pledging that the Almanack's reputation for independence and accuracy was paramount. He made a few gentle changes - "to make the book clearer and more accessible to new readers without disturbing the rhythm understood by those who already know and love it." In bringing more relevant content into play while trimming or quietly losing some of the anachronisms, he succeeded. In his Notes he addressed the split of the game into two sports - the traditional and the one-day versions - as well as disputes over the omission of David Gower from the England tour to India and the simmering row over ball tampering. As expected, he did not hold back from expressing his views on either.
Editor Matthew Engel
Pages 1376
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