The rise and rise of England

Virender Sehwag is Wisden’s pick for the world’s leading cricketer for 2009 — so, all hail.

The real story, though, is the remarkable domination of international cricket by England. Of the five “Cricketers of the Year”, four — Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Graham Onions — are members of the England cricket team. Who knew?