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Wisden 1900-1919

The Wisden Collectors’ Club thought it might be of interest to members to put together an outline of Wisden content and information. We are very grateful to John Pratt, who emigrated to Australia as a £10 Pom back in 1963, but who shouts louder than most at the fall of an Aussie wicket, for the following article…thank you John.

1900 – 09.

The one hundred Wisdens that make up the Almanack’s contribution to First-Class cricket in the twentieth century are arguably the most complete and accurate reporting of any sport over such an extended period. It is a magnificent, factual history of the game’s development during that time. Unbiased, missing nothing of consequence, there is plenty of comment and opinion and throughout, the truth shines through like a beacon.

It is time then to say goodbye to the Nineteenth Century during which First-Class cricket was predominantly a leisurely summer pursuit for gentlemen. There were professionals - they did most of the bowling! By the turn of the century the ratio of amateurs to professionals was roughly 50:50. Early tours to Australia had largely been by invitation rather than a

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