The Wisden reports that the Wisden’s status as the world’s most famous sports book reaches a new
landmark with the publication of the 150th edition of the Almanack
on April 11 2013. Since 1864 cricket’s iconic book of record has carried
contemporary reports on over 22,000 County Championship games, covered more
than 2,000 Test matches, honoured 570 Wisden Cricketers of the Year and
published, in total, more than 133,400 pages.
Five Cricketers of the Year: Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn,
Marlon Samuels, Nick Compton
Africa’s highly successful tour of England in 2012 led to three of their
outstanding performers being named Cricketers of the Year. Hashim Amla
was the batting sensation of the summer, gracefully compiling South Africa’s
first Test triple-century, and top-scoring in eight international innings out
of 11. The only surprise about the selection of Jacques Kallis was that
he hadn’t been chosen earlier. At The Oval, he made 182 and balanced South
Africa’s attack superbly. His all-round excellence was a crucial difference
between the sides. Dale Steyn cemented his status as the world’s most
frightening fast bowler, blowing England away on the final afternoon at The
Oval, then undermining them in the Third Test at Lord’s.
Samuels was another
tourist to catch the eye; he was a surprise package, excelling in the early
English summer by scoring 31, 86, 117, 76* and 76 in the Tests for a struggling
Compton of Somerset
and England Lions left all other county batsmen in his wake, scoring nearly
1,500 first-class runs at an average of almost 100, and earning himself a place
on the winter tours of India and New Zealand. In doing so he joined his grandfather
Denis Compton, a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1939, to record the first
instance of a grandfather and grandson achieving the distinction.
Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of Wisden, and represent a
tradition that dates back to 1889, making this the oldest individual award in
cricket. Excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer are the
major criteria for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year. No one can be chosen
more than once.