Do you know that England's Simon Jones scored more runs (44) in his Test debut innings than his father Jeff did in his entire 15-Test career? Answer "no" and you've obviously not heard of The Cricketers' Who's Who. Where have you been since 1981, when this ultimate handbook for followers of English cricket was first published?
While the pocket format remains, this latest edition, published for the first time by Green Umbrella Publishing, has more than 800 pages. The cricketers listed are all those who played 1st XI cricket for a first-class county at least once last season and all those registered who have yet to make a first team appearance.
For each player, there are personal and performance statistics, highlights of their career, overseas tours and so on. However, the main essence of The Cricketers' Who's Who remains the information provided by the players themselves. This includes enthralling details such as moments to forget, superstitions, injuries, who they admire, which young players to look out for, other sports they play and what they do to relax.
It's within this reach seam of data that you learn such gems as Ed Joyce of Middlesex is the first Irish born-and-bred player to score a County Championship century. And that England seamer, Andrew Caddick, and Kiwi fast bowler, Shane Bond, attended the same school in Christchurch, New Zealand.
For each of the 1100 players listed, there is a headshot, so that you can identify him. At the back of the book are batting and bowling averages as well as an index of players by county. Also, there are the answers to the quiz 100 questions are posed in the book, to keep you amused on English summer days when the covers stay on for hours on end.