Recently just home from a book shop sneakily skimming through a few cricket books. I wished I didn't do it but I picked up one of Perry's awful books about Bradman. Opinion reaffirmed I hid it behind a CLR James' classic. Driving home I thought of my favourite cricket writers and with respect to James and Cardus they are Robertson-Glasgow for his humour and revelation of character through his brilliant descriptive passages. Then I'd rate David Frith not least for his ripping and tearing apart of the previously mentioned Perry but mainly for his research. Then former England leg spinner (how incongruous that sounds) Ian Peebles for his beautiful style and ability to tell a story and make it seem to be happening as you are reading it. The one cricket writer who could make me laugh out loud.
I also admire Charles Macartney's journalism. He has a great critical eye and I rely on him above all other journalists if I want to get a real indication of how play went and players performed in the tests and shield matches he reported. Gold standard him.