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The Wisden Book of Test Cricket - 2014 to 2019 by Steven Lynch
The Wisden Book of Test Cricket - 2014 to 2019
by Steven Lynch

Published by John Wisden & Co.,
An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
50, Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3 DP, UK


ISBN: HB: 978-1-4729-6548-6

Pages 325

Price Sterling Pounds 40

The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, released recently, has been painstakingly researched and brilliantly compiled by my friend, Steven Lynch. An outstanding publication, the only one of its kind, includes a full coverage of every Test match played from late 2014 to the end of the 2019 season in England.

Which player had become the first man to bat at No.12 in a Test innings last year? Which cricketer had registered a double failure in his 150th Test? Which player had become just the eighth man to make his Test debut in a side captained by his brother two years ago?

The answers to the above three questions are hidden in The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, covering 223 Tests, including the inaugural Tests involving Ireland as well as Afghanistan.

Each of the Tests has been allocated a page with a remarkable amount of detail packed in.

Each Test has the original scorecard from the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack apart from the boiled-down version of the match report. Individual Test career records' section is at the back of the book besides the players' index.

The most memorable match, covered by Steven Lynch, was the Trent Bridge Ashes Test of 2015, when Australia were demolished on the first morning for 60. Stuart Broad ripped out eight for 15 as they were all out in 18.3 overs - remarkably, the shortest opening innings in any Test match, dating back to the first one in 1877.

The main innovation covered in this prestigious publication is the introduction of day/night Tests, introduced at Adelaide in November 2015 between Australia and New Zealand - a Test won by Australia by three wickets in just three days. The Test produced some memorable photographs as the sun went down; "one of them graces the cover, making this book - in my admittedly biased view - the best looking volume so far" remarked Steven Lynch.

Each Test has a unique number that shows its place overall and how many each country had played at the time.

The production quality of The Wisden Book of Test Cricket - 2014 to 2019 - is remarkably high. Cricket library has been further enriched by the appearance of this publication.

Steven Lynch, thanks to his endless research, has produced a truly magnificent effort with his latest publication. There is wealth of interesting information throughout the book. With his fantastic fascination for facts and figures with an experience of over four decades, Steven's The Wisden Book of Test Cricket contains some of the most esoteric records....

The match details include the identity of the debutants and substitute catchers, changes of batting and bowling orders in the second innings, Man of the Match award winners, Umpires, including the Third Umpires and Referees and their cumulative number of appearances apart from close of play scores.

The Wisden Book of Test Cricket - 2014-2019 is a book for those who have a passion for the game. A massive source of reference, worth its weight in gold, the book is well organised and presented with all the professional attention to the fascinating minutiae that we have come to expect from John Wisden & Co. and Steven Lynch.