The 148th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack told the story of England's commanding defence of the Ashes - their first series win in Australia for 24 years. They did it in style, too: no team had ever achieved three innings victories in an Ashes series before. In its inimitable and authoritative fashion, Wisden celebrated the characters, the feats and the records. It also took stock of a year that dealt as much in controversy as compelling contest. Not for the first time, a Pakistan tour ended in controversy that would dominate back pages and front for weeks. Rob Crilly reported from one of Asia's many illicit gambling dens. But something strange did happen for the first time: England won a global tournament. Nasser Hussain explained where England went right in the World Twenty20. In his Notes, Scyld Berry railed against the flood of fixtures that floored England after their Ashes success. Elsewhere Wisden looked back at the long lives of two post-war greats: Sir Alec Bedser - fondly remembered by his friends Sir John Major and John Woodcock - and Trevor Bailey. Casting its eye further afield, Wisden relived a year in which India strengthened their lead at the top of the Test pile. And celebrated the evergreen Sachin Tendulkar, named as the Leading Cricketer in the World.
Editor Scyld Berry