2005

The 142nd edition was notable as for the first time in 45 years, all five Wisden Cricketers of the Year were English (only the third time since the Second World War, the other years being 1953 and 1960). It was also the most up-to-date, containing a report of England's tour of South Africa, which finished only a week before the book went to press. The Editor's Notes again took no prisoners with attacks on the ECB for selling television rights to satellite, the world's cricket boards in general ("it would not be difficult to argue that a majority of their governing bodies could, in varying degrees, be classified as either incompetent, corrupt, government-controlled or racist"), and the scheduling of the summer's Ashes ("total madness). Features ranged from Richie Benaud's tribute to Keith Miller to also an exclusive interview with the Slovak goalkeeper Maros Kolpak whose European Court case against the German handball league has led to an influx of overseas players into county cricket ("When he was told that cricketers are known as `Kolpak players', he roared with laughter"). The Almanack also included what is believed to be its first-ever pin-up. The near-nudity of Minki van der Westhuizen, girlfriend of South African captain Graeme Smith, was, of course, entirely essential to the plot.
Editor Matthew Engel
Pages 1648
Price £36

Almanack essays

Christmas Day at Headingley, anyone?

Notes by the Editor, 2005

Hiatus at the ECB as county cricket loses the plot

Notes by the Editor 2005

The worst administrators in the world

Notes by the Editor, 2005

'England's rise was the story of the year'

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2005

A mixed bag

South Africa review 2003-04

A year of domestic tinkering

Pakistan 2003-04

An agonising period

Cricket in the West Indies, 2003-04

Griffith, Buller and four overs which proved nothing

England v Rest of the World

Hello Sky, Goodbye World

Essay, 2005

Shane Warne

The leading cricketer in the world, 2004

The end of the lime

Canterbury loses its tree, 2005

The Wisden Forty

The world's top players during 2004

National Cricket League Division One

Cricinfo page

National Cricket League Division Two

Cricinfo page

Twenty20 Cup

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Series included

Asia Cup, 2004

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England in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, 2004-05

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England in the West Indies, 2003-04

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Sri Lanka A in England, 2004

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The Australians in India, 2004-05

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The Australians in Sri Lanka, 2003-04

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The Australians in Zimbabwe, 2003-04

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The Bangladeshis in The West Indies, 2003-04

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The Bangladeshis in Zimbabwe, 2003-04

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The Indians in Australia, 2003-04

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The Indians in Bangladesh, 2004-05

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The Indians in England, 2004

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The Indians in Pakistan, 2003-04

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The NatWest Series in England, 2004

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The New Zealanders in Australia, 2004-05

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The New Zealanders in Bangladesh, 2004-05

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The New Zealanders in England

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The Pakistanis in Australia, 2004-05

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The Pakistanis in New Zealand, 2003-04

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The Paktel GSM Cup, 2004-05

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The South Africans in India, 2004-05

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The South Africans in New Zealand, 2003-04

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The South Africans in Sri Lanka, 2004

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The Sri Lankans in Australia, 2004

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The Sri Lankans in Pakistan, 2004-05

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The Sri Lankans in Zimbabwe, 2003-04

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The West Indians in England

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The West Indians in Zimbabwe and South Africa, 2003-04

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Too many flaws, too little excitement

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VB Series, 2003-04

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Videocon Cup, 2004

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