John Wisden, English cricker, celebrated with Google doodle

Google has celebrated the 187th anniversary of the birth of English cricketer, John Wisden, with a doodle of Victorian gentlemen playing a match.

The doodle recalls the design of the eponymous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for which the cricketer is most famous for.

Born in Brighton on 5 September, 1826, Wisden made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age. He went on to become a combative cricketing all-rounder, playing 187 first-class cricket matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex, and earning the nickname The Little Wonder.

Wisden was also an unflagging entrepreneur who started a sports equipment business and a "cricket and cigar shop".

But it is his famous almanack, which he created after retiring from the game, which is perhaps his greatest achievement.

First published in 1864, a new volume of the book, labelled "the Bible of Cricket", has appeared every year since with Wisden 2013 being the 150th edition.

Its distinctive primrose yellow dustjacket still features the same Victorian woodcut of a top-hatted batsman on the title page.

Powered by article was written by David Batty, for on Thursday 5th September 2013 01.29 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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