The 147th annual edition looked back at England's triumph in the 2009 Ashes series, and named four of the home side's key performers - Stuart Broad, Graham Onions, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann - as Cricketers of the Year. Australia's Michael Clarke was the other man chosen in the famous Five. England's captain, Andrew Strauss, and coach Andy Flower looked back at the series and assessed the turning points. Virender Sehwag became the first person to retain the title of Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World: editor Scyld Berry wrote that Sehwag had "broken Test cricket's sound barrier by scoring at more than a run a ball" during 2009. England's Test series against West Indies, home and away, and in South Africa were also covered in depth, along with all other international cricket in 2009. The Almanack also recreated, in harrowing detail, the spine-chilling events in Lahore when the Sri Lankan team bus was ambushed by terrorists on the way to the ground for the third day of a Test match: Wisden calls this the day "cricket lost its innocence". Elsewhere Duncan Fletcher and Justin Langer explained what is wrong - and right - with the English game, while the plight of the county cricket reporter was examined, along with the history of the tea interval.

Editor Scyld Berry
Pages 1728
Price £45

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