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Jonathan Agnew's Cricket Year 2010

Jonathan Agnew's Cricket Year 2010

Published by:
TME Publishing
78 Loughborough Road,
Quorn, Loughborough
Leicestershire LE12 8DX UK
website: www.testmatchextra.com

Pages: 256

Price: Sterling Pounds 24.99

The 2010 edition of Cricket Year contains complete coverage from September 2009 to September 2010 - the first book which provides full coverage of the English cricket season. Cricket enthusiasts would find the dedicated reports on each of the 18 country sides, including a season review, complete statistics apart from other features. In all, the publication presents a comprehensive picture of the English county cricket scene.

The controversial summer visit of Pakistan, home and away series against Bangladesh and the winter tour to South Africa have been covered competently by the editor of the Cricket Year 2010, Jonathan Agnew.

Agnew has showed his concern with regard to Pakistan In my View column: "Pakistan's cricket is strongly linked with corruption once again. This time it is not specifically an allegation of match fixing, rather spot betting which to the layman, might appear less serious than altering the outcome of a match, and yet its impact on the game is equally damaging. The integrity of the cricket currently played by Pakistan is highly questionable, and while none of the allegations made against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer had been substantiated at the time of writing, their defence to the charge of bowling no-balls to order in the Lord's Test will be interesting, indeed.

What a shame that corruption should be the major talking point rather than England's super year. Unbeaten in their four Test and five ODI series during the last twelve months, the team continues to make encouraging progress under the shrewd and calm leadership of Andrew Strauss and the coach Andy Flower."

The book is a quality product from TME Publishing, deserving 100% marks for production, designing, formatting and lay-out of scorecards apart from extraordinary colour photographs.

Cricket Year's coverage of Test matches and One-Day Internationals from around the world is unparalleled.

The 29th edition of Cricket Year, edited by Jonathan Agnew, is quite popular autumn annual, providing a complete record both of England and English domestic cricket in the 12 months to September 2009 apart from the reports on the fortunes of every other Test-playing country.

Over the years, Cricket Year got excellent reviews. 'Eye-catching and comprehensive...Superb...Excellent.' according to The Times. 'A vital reference point for enthusiasts' from Wisden Cricketer, 'An invaluable record' from Daily Mail, 'A bulky blend of stats, text and pictures that continues to amaze by its speed of arrival following the final ball of the season from David Frith, Test Match Year and 'The only serious and long-term rival to Wisden in the current market" from ACS Journal.

England's unexpected success in the ICC World Twenty20, according to Jonathan Agnew, has realised one niggling ambition for those who run English cricket - as well as for the players themselves. In winning England's first 'global event', Paul Collingwood's team finally secured the stated aim of successive ECB and TCCB blueprints for the game, which were often published more in hope than realistic expectation. In reality this was long overdue with England's previous appearance in a World Cup one-day final having been almost 20 years ago, in 1992.

A popular element of Cricket Year has always been the special features; this year there are pieces on England's Graeme Swann and Eoin Morgan, plus articles by Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Tony Cozier, Simon Hughes, Mark Baldwin and Vic Marks.

Mark Baldwin, covering the Champions League, believed that the competition should also have featured Hampshire and Somerset. "The two English counties, finalists in the Friends Provident T20 were shamefully denied their place at the second Champions League tournament - held this time in South Africa - by political osturing. When the Champions League organisers altered the scheduling of the 2010 tournament, however, bringing it forward to the middle of September inorder to avoid a clash with the start of Australia's tour to India, the ECB merely decided to withdraw its two qualifiers."

Cricket Year has paid a rich tribute to Graeme Swann. Simon Hughes has remarked: "It is rare for a spinner to properly know his game before his late 20s, but at the age of 31 he knows it now, and has become, in a very short space of time, vital to England's resources - while re-invigorating the art of old-fashioned spin at the same time."

Editor of Cricket Year since 1999, Jonathan Agnew is Englnd's foremost cricket broadcaster. He has been the BBC's Cricket correspondent since 1991 and is a mainstay of the Test Match Special commentary team. Jonathan retired from professional cricket in 1990 having had a successful career with Leicestershire for whom he captured more than 600 wickets. He represented England in three Tests and three ODIs in 1984-85, but was unable to get back into the side despite being the most consistent pace bowler in county cricket in 1987 and 1988.

We are thankful to Mark Baldwin <markjbaldwin@compuserve.com>; for arranging to send a review copy of Jonathan Agnew's Cricket Year 2010.