Existing items were expanded and new ones added to the Records section, thanks to the BBC's statistician Bill Frindall. Reducing the qualification for batsmen's career runs from 30,000 to 25,000 finally allowed Sir Donald Bradman due recognition. Features included Ted Dexter's "Welcome Australia", ahead of the Ashes. But the editor Norman Preston begged for there to be no repeat of the dissent during England's winter win in Australia: "Arguing against umpires' decisions is contrary to the spirit and tradition of the game and brings it into disrepute." Zaheer Abbas and BS Chandrasekhar were among the five Cricketers of the Year, after starring for Pakistan and India respectively against England.
Editor Norman Preston
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Cricket prospering through sponsorship, 1972

A lifetime with Surrey

Stealing singles with Jack Hobbs, 1972

A Wisden occasion

Editor celebrates 21st anniversary in the role, 1972

Compton's record season

It happened 25 years ago, 1972

Irish cricket in 1971


Lord Constantine

The spontaneous cricketer, 1972

Percy Holmes — a true Yorkshireman

A whole volume of Yorkshire's cricket history, 1972

Scottish cricket in 1971


Sir Donald Bradman — selector

A most able and highly respected Test selector, 1972

The great wicket-keepers

From Tom Sueter to Alan Knott, 1972

Welcome Australia

An unreasonable dislike to Australians and more, 1972

Series included

India in England, 1971

Report | Matches

India in the West Indies, 1970-71

Report | Matches

MCC in Australia and New Zealand, 1970-71

Report | Matches

Pakistan in England, 1971

Report | Matches