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Wisden's Cricketers of the Year

Wisden's Cricketers of the Year


A Brief History Of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year

Each year, five cricketers are named as Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the pages of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, based primarily, although not exclusively, on their "influence on the previous English season".

The award began with the naming of "Six Great Bowlers of the Year" in 1889, and continued with "Nine Great Batsmen of the Year" in 1890, and "Five Great Wicket-Keepers" in 1891. Since 1897, with a few notable exceptions, the award has recognised the five players of the year, and five players have been named every year since 1947. No players were named in 1916 or 1917, or in the period from 1941 to 1946, because little first-class cricket was played during the First World War and Second World War, respectively. Five schoolboy cricketers were named in 1918 and 1919, to replace the usual selection, but this practice was not repeated in the 1940s.
Previous Winners Of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year

2009 - James Anderson, Dale Benkenstein, Mark Boucher, Neil McKenzie, Claire Taylor
2008 - Ian Bell, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ottis Gibson, Zaheer Khan, Ryan Sidebottom
2007 - Paul Collingwood, Mahela Jayawardene, Mohammad Yousuf, Monty Panesar, Mark Ramprakash
2006 - Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones, Brett Lee, Kevin Pietersen, Ricky Ponting
2005 - Ashley Giles, Steve Harmison, Robert Key, Andrew Strauss, Marcus Trescothick
2004 - Chris Adams, Andrew Flintoff, Ian Harvey, Gary Kirsten, Graeme Smith
2003 - Matthew Hayden, Adam Hollioake, Nasser Hussain, Shaun Pollock, Michael Vaughan
2002 - Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie, V.V.S. Laxman, Damien Martyn
2001 - Mark Alleyne, Martin Bicknell, Andrew Caddick, Justin Langer, Darren Lehmann
2000 - Chris Cairns, Rahul Dravid, Lance Klusener, Tom Moody, Saqlain Mushtaq
1999 - Ian Austin, Darren Gough, Muttiah Muralitharan, Arjuna Ranatunga, Jonty Rhodes
1998 - Matthew Elliott, Stuart Law, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Maynard, Graham Thorpe
1997 - Sanath Jayasuriya, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Phil Simmons, Sachin Tendulkar
1996 - Dominic Cork, Aravinda de Silva, Angus Fraser, Anil Kumble, Dermot Reeve
1995 - Brian Lara, Devon Malcolm, Tim Munton, Steve Rhodes, Kepler Wessels
1994 - David Boon, Ian Healy, Merv Hughes, Shane Warne, Steve Watkin
1993 - Nigel Briers, Martyn Moxon, Ian Salisbury, Alec Stewart, Wasim Akram
1992 - Curtly Ambrose, Phillip DeFreitas, Allan Donald, Richie Richardson, Waqar Younis
1991 - Mike Atherton, Mohammed Azharuddin, Alan Butcher, Desmond Haynes, Mark Waugh
1990 - Jimmy Cook, Dean Jones, Jack Russell, Robin Smith, Mark Taylor
1989 - Kim Barnett, Jeff Dujon, Phil Neale, Franklyn Stephenson, Steve Waugh
1988 - Jonathan Agnew, Neil Foster, David Hughes, Peter Roebuck, Salim Malik
1987 - John Childs, Graeme Hick, Dilip Vengsarkar, Courtney Walsh, James Whitaker
1986 - Phil Bainbridge, Richard Ellison, Craig McDermott, Neal Radford, Tim Robinson
1985 - Martin Crowe, Larry Gomes, Geoff Humpage, Jack Simmons, Sidath Wettimuny
1984 - Mohinder Amarnath, Jeremy Coney, John Emburey, Mike Gatting, Chris Smith
1983 - Imran Khan, Trevor Jesty, Alvin Kallicharran, Kapil Dev, Malcolm Marshall
1982 - Terry Alderman, Allan Border, Richard Hadlee, Javed Miandad, Rod Marsh
1981 - Kim Hughes, Robin Jackman, Allan Lamb, Clive Rice, Vintcent van der Bijl
1980 - Joel Garner, Sunil Gavaskar, Graham Gooch, Derek Randall, Brian Rose
1979 - David Gower, John Lever, Chris Old, Clive Radley, John Shepherd
1978 - Ian Botham, Mike Hendrick, Alan Jones, Ken McEwan, Bob Willis
1977 - Mike Brearley, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding, Vivian Richards, Bob Taylor
1976 - Ian Chappell, Peter Lee, Rick McCosker, David Steele, Bob Woolmer
1975 - Dennis Amiss, Mike Denness, Norman Gifford, Tony Greig, Andy Roberts
1974 - Keith Boyce, Bevan Congdon, Keith Fletcher, Roy Fredericks, Peter Sainsbury
1973 - Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Bob Massie, John Snow, Keith Stackpole
1972 - Geoff Arnold, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Lance Gibbs, Brian Taylor, Zaheer Abbas
1971 - Jack Bond, Clive Lloyd, Brian Luckhurst, Glenn Turner, Roy Virgin
1970 - Basil Butcher, Alan Knott, Majid Khan, Mike Procter, Don Shepherd
1969 - Jimmy Binks, David Green, Barry Richards, Derek Underwood, Ossie Wheatley
1968 - Asif Iqbal, Hanif Mohammad, Ken Higgs, Jim Parks junior, Nawab of Pataudi, junior
1967 - Bob Barber, Basil D'Oliveira, Colin Milburn, John Murray, Seymour Nurse
1966 - Colin Bland, John Edrich, Dick Motz, Peter Pollock, Graeme Pollock
1965 - Geoffrey Boycott, Peter Burge, Jack Flavell, Garth McKenzie, Bob Simpson
1964 - Brian Close, Charlie Griffith, Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers
1963 - Don Kenyon, Mushtaq Mohammad, Peter Parfitt, Phil Sharpe, Fred Titmus
1962 - Bill Alley, Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Bill Lawry, Norm O'Neill
1961 - Neil Adcock, Ted Dexter, Roy McLean, Raman Subba Row, Vic Wilson
1960 - Ken Barrington, Donald Carr, Ray Illingworth, Geoff Pullar, MJK Smith
1959 - Leslie Jackson, Roy Marshall, Arthur Milton, John Reid, Derek Shackleton
1958 - Peter Loader, Arthur McIntyre, Collie Smith, Mickey Stewart, Clyde Walcott
1957 - Dennis Brookes, Jim Burke, Malcolm Hilton, Gil Langley, Peter Richardson
1956 - Colin Cowdrey, Doug Insole, Jackie McGlew, Hugh Tayfield, Frank Tyson
1955 - Bruce Dooland, Fazal Mahmood, Eric Hollies, Brian Statham, George Tribe
1954 - Neil Harvey, Tony Lock, Keith Miller, Johnny Wardle, Willie Watson
1953 - Harold Gimblett, Tom Graveney, David Sheppard, Stuart Surridge, Fred Trueman
1952 - Bob Appleyard, Tom Dollery, Jim Laker, Peter May, Eric Rowan
1951 - Godfrey Evans, Sonny Ramadhin, Alf Valentine, Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell
1950 - Trevor Bailey, Roly Jenkins, John Langridge, Reg Simpson, Bert Sutcliffe
1949 - Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Ray Lindwall, Arthur Morris, Don Tallon
1948 - Martin Donnelly, Alan Melville, Dudley Nourse, Jack Robertson, Norman Yardley
1947 - Alec Bedser, Laurie Fishlock, Vinoo Mankad, Peter Smith, Cyril Washbrook
1940 - Learie Constantine, Bill Edrich, Walter Keeton, Fred Price, Brian Sellers
1939 - Hugh Bartlett, Bill Brown, Denis Compton, Kenneth Farnes, Arthur Wood
1938 - Tom Goddard, Joe Hardstaff, Leonard Hutton, Jim Parks senior, Eddie Paynter
1937 - Charles Barnett, Bill Copson, Alf Gover, Vijay Merchant, Stan Worthington
1936 - Jock Cameron, Errol Holmes, Bruce Mitchell, Denis Smith, Arthur Wellard
1935 - Stan McCabe, Bill O'Reilly, George Paine, Bill Ponsford, Jim Smith
1934 - Fred Bakewell, George Headley, Stan Nichols, Leslie Townsend, Cyril Walters
1933 - Ewart Astill, Freddie Brown, Alec Kennedy, CK Nayudu, Bill Voce
1932 - Bill Bowes, Charles Dempster, James Langridge, Nawab of Pataudi, senior, Hedley Verity
1931 - Donald Bradman, Clarrie Grimmett, Beverley Lyon, Ian Peebles, Maurice Turnbull
1930 - Ted Bowley, K. S. Duleepsinhji, Tuppy Owen-Smith, Walter Robins, Bob Wyatt
1929 - Leslie Ames, George Duckworth, Maurice Leyland, Sam Staples, Jack White
1928 - Roger Blunt, Charlie Hallows, Wally Hammond, Douglas Jardine, Vallance Jupp
1927 - George Geary, Harold Larwood, Jack Mercer, Bert Oldfield, Bill Woodfull
1926 - Jack Hobbs
1925 - Robert Catterall, Jack MacBryan, Herbie Taylor, Dick Tyldesley, Dodger Whysall
1924 - Arthur Gilligan, Roy Kilner, George Macaulay, Cecil Parkin, Maurice Tate
1923 - Arthur Carr, Tich Freeman, Charlie Parker, CAG Russell, Andy Sandham
1922 - Hubert Ashton, Jack Bryan, Jack Gregory, Charlie Macartney, Ted McDonald
1921 - Plum Warner
1920 - Five Batsmen of the Year - Andy Ducat, EH Hendren, Percy Holmes, Herbert Sutcliffe, Ernest Tyldesley
1919 - Five Public School Cricketers of the Year - Percy Adams, Percy Chapman, Adrian Gore, Lionel Hedges, Norman Partridge
1918 - School Bowlers of the Year - Harry Calder, John Firth, Clement Gibson, Gerard Rotherham, Greville Stevens
1915 - Johnny Douglas, Percy Fender, Wally Hardinge, Donald Knight, Sydney Smith
1914 - Major Booth, George Gunn, Bill Hitch, Albert Relf, Lionel Tennyson
1913 - John Wisden
1912 - Five Members of the MCC's Team in Australia - Frank Foster, J. W. Hearne, Septimus Kinneir, Phil Mead, Herbert Strudwick
1911 - Harry Foster, Alfred Hartley, Charles Llewellyn, Razor Smith, Frank Woolley
1910 - Warren Bardsley, Sydney Barnes, Douglas Carr, Arthur Day, Vernon Ransford
1909 - Lord Hawke and Four Cricketers of the Year - Walter Brearley, Lord Hawke, Jack Hobbs, Alan Marshal, John Newstead
1908 - Albert Hallam, Reginald Schwarz, Frank Tarrant, Bert Vogler, Thomas Wass
1907 - Jack Crawford, Arthur Fielder, Ernie Hayes, Kenneth Hutchings, Neville Knox
1906 - David Denton, Walter Lees, George Thompson, Joe Vine, Levi Wright
1905 - Bernard Bosanquet, Ernest Halliwell, James Hallows, Percy Perrin, Reggie Spooner
1904 - Colin Blythe, John Gunn, Albert Knight, Walter Mead, Plum Warner
1903 - Warwick Armstrong, Cuthbert Burnup, James Iremonger, James Kelly, Victor Trumper
1902 - Len Braund, Charlie McGahey, Frank Mitchell, Willie Quaife, Johnny Tyldesley
1901 - Mr R.E. Foster and Four Yorkshiremen - Tip Foster, Schofield Haigh, George Herbert Hirst, Tom Taylor, John Tunnicliffe
1900 - Five Cricketers of the Season - Joe Darling, Clem Hill, Arthur Jones, Monty Noble, Robert Poore
1899 - Five Cricketers of the Year - Wilfred Rhodes, Bill Storer, Charlie Townsend, Albert Trott, William Lockwood
1898 - Frederick Bull, Willis Cuttell, Frank Druce, Gilbert Jessop, Jack Mason
1897 - Five Cricketers of the Season - Syd Gregory, Dick Lilley, K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Tom Richardson, Hugh Trumble
1896 - W. G. Grace
1895 - Five Young Batsmen of the Season - Bill Brockwell, Jack Brown, C. B. Fry, Tom Hayward, Archie MacLaren
1894 - Five All-Round Cricketers - George Giffen, Alec Hearne, Stanley Jackson, Harry Trott, Ted Wainwright
1893 - Five Batsmen of the Year - Herbie Hewett, Lionel Palairet, Walter Read, Stanley Scott, Andrew Stoddart
1892 - Five Great Bowlers - William Attewell, J. T. Hearne, Frederick Martin, Arthur Mold, John Sharpe
1891 - Five Great Wicket-Keepers - Jack Blackham, Gregor MacGregor, Dick Pilling, Mordecai Sherwin, Henry Wood
1890 - Nine Great Batsmen of the Year - Bobby Abel, Billy Barnes, Billy Gunn, Louis Hall, Robert Henderson, Maurice Read, Arthur Shrewsbury, Frank Sugg, Albert Ward
1889 - Six Great Bowlers of the Year - George Lohmann, Johnny Briggs, John Ferris, Charles Turner, Sammy Woods, Bobby Peel