The 71st edition of the Playfair Cricket Annual is packed with all the information you need to follow the cricket season in 2018. As Joe Root leads England towards his country's 1000th Test this summer, there are comprehensive Test match records and career records, as well as series records with this season's tourists Pakistan and India.
County cricket is covered in depth, with biographies of all players registered to the counties at the start of the season, full coverage of last summer's events and a fixture list for all major domestic matches in 2018.
New for this year are a register of Ireland's international players, as the country looks forward to its first Test; career records for England players in IT20s; and more space than ever given to women's cricket after England's World Cup triumph under Heather Knight.
Ian Marshall took over as Editor of the Playfair Cricket Annual in 2009, having previously worked on 15 editions of the annual in his role as a book publisher. During his 30-year publishing career, he has worked with some of cricket's greatest players, including Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Stuart Broad, David Gower, Justin Langer, Dennis Lillee and Sir Garry Sobers. He still occasionally plays cricket, and has toured Africa, India and Sri Lanka.