Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Australia
(also known as Wisden Australia
) was a cricket
annual and reference book, the Australian
version of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
, generally known as Wisden
. The Australian edition's gestation period was lengthy: the first edition appeared in 1998, when the Preface referred to a March 1981 report in The Australian
announcing the imminent appearance of the Australian edition.
During its life Wisden Australia
was published at or near the beginning of the Australian season, in November or early December. In contrast to the yellow cover of the parent publication Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
, its cover was predominantly bright green, though the last two editions published, those of 2004-05 and 2005-06, emulated the parent by featuring dustjackets with photographs.
The Australian edition was also somewhat slimmer and cheaper, as there were fewer games to report on in Australia; in most other respects the format and content of the Australian edition were similar to those of the English version. One difference was that the former's coverage of first grade cricket in each state and territory was more comprehensive than the latter's relatively sketchy coverage of top level English club and league cricket.
The first two editions, dated 1998 and 1999, covered the 1997-98 and 1998-99 Australian seasons respectively. The numbering changed with the third edition, which adopted the practice of the English Almanack by including in its title the date of... Read More