Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth says of the choice: “Anya Shrubsole was a natural for this year’s Wisden cover, having stolen the show on the most memorable day of the 2017 summer. Against India, and in front of a packed Lord’s, she dramatically won the World Cup for England with figures of six for 46, the best in a final by man or woman. She had played a crucial hand in the semi-final against South Africa, too, nervelessly hitting the winning four with only two balls to spare. Shrubsole is Wisden’s first female cover star – and, thanks to the excitement she generated that day at Lord’s, almost certainly not the last.”
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2018 Edited by Lawrence Booth
Publication date: 12th April 2018
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack today reveals the history-making cover of its 2018 edition. It features Anya Shrubsole, the hero of England’s World Cup triumph, and the first woman to grace the jacket of the most famous sports book in the world.
Anya Shrubsole has commented: “It’s an amazing honour and privilege to be on the cover of Wisden. To be on the front of such an iconic and historic book means a huge amount. Most of all, it’s a clear representation of the strength of the women’s game, and the impact of the World Cup victory and the work of the entire team.”
Wisden 2018 is the 155th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, having been published every year since 1864. In this edition, we celebrate England’s spectacular win in the women’s Cricket World Cup. Simon Wilde reflects on the England men’s passage to their 1,000th Test, Tanya Aldred examines sexism in cricket, Harry Pearson celebrates 50 years of overseas players in the county game, and Zafar Ansari explains why he gave it all up at the age of 25.
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This is Lawrence Booth’s seventh year as Editor of Wisden, although he has contributed for many years. He is also cricket writer for the Daily Mail and author of several critically acclaimed cricket books. @the_topspin
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