Norman Preston's last Almanack as editor, having started in 1952. He passed away on March 6, 1980, shortly after this year's edition went to press. His last issue included the new revised laws of cricket, an article on the Packer case, and a detailed report on England retaining the Ashes. EM Wellings, who had returned to England after seven years abroad, wrote on the "Lower Standards". He said: "When I left England, Boycott was our best batsman. When I returned he was the only one of true class." Tiger Smith, the former Warwickshire wicketkeeper - and the oldest surviving Test cricketer at that time - passed away at 92. Derek Randall was picked as one of the Cricketers of the Year, because "unlike so many grim faces we see today, he is a happy cricketer".
Editor Norman Preston
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Almanack essays

Moving the goalposts

Notes by the Editor, 1980

Notes by the Editor

Recodification of the laws and more, 1980

E. J. (Tiger) Smith

Oldest living Test cricketer up to time of his death, 1980

How Essex rose to glory

At last, a first-class trophy, 1980

Lower standards

England's batting is getting worse, 1980

My life reporting cricket

Sick cameramen, recruiting Bradman and more, 1980

The cricket society

Not just a northern enclave, 1980

The man who made all seasons

Charles William Alcock, 1980

The Packer affair

ACB brushed their friends aside to meet their own ends, 1980

Series included

England in Australia, 1978-79

Report | Matches

India in England, 1979

Report | Matches

India in Pakistan, 1978-79

Report | Matches

Pakistan in Australia, 1978-79

Report | Matches

Pakistan in New Zealand, 1978-79

Report | Matches

The Prudential World Cup 1979

Report | Matches

West Indies in India and Sri Lanka, 1978-79

Report | Matches