The Almanack reflected on a glorious summer, even though Australia retained the Ashes. At the start of 1938 the highest score by an Englishman in a home Test was Philip Mead's 182, but that was exceeded four times in the season (by Hammond, Hutton, Paynter and Leyland). However, this served only to underline the continuing dominance of bat over ball. Transport continued to be the bane of players' lives - Leicestershire's side were delayed on their way to Northampton over the August Bank Holiday, and Northants had to lend them three of their players to field. Wisden branched out, producing a Rugby Football Annual for 2/6 (12.5p). Don Bradman accepted an invitation to write an article - "Cricket at the Crossroads" - in which he observed that "cricket is becoming less attractive to the public".
Editor Wilfred Brookes
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Almanack essays

Hutton's marvellous feat

Notes by the Editor, 1939

Notes by the editor


Cricket at the crossroads

Don Bradman on the future of the game, 1939

My happy cricket life

Frank Woolley reflects on his career, 1939

The late Lord Hawke

A tribute, 1939

The late Lord Hawke


Series included

The Australian team in England 1938

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