Lou is not happy with the Australian skipper.
Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 2: Recent commentary from Lou (and the emails keep coming)
Raj reports on a difficult Day 2 as Younis (Younus?) Khan again puts on a clinic of slow pitch batting and concentration. Where are the wrist-spinners?
Luke Reynolds tells the story of Sheikh Zayed Stadium (“more Football Park than Adelaide Oval”) on Day 1. Ideas and attempts were many, but so were Pakistan’s runs.
Rulebook reports on a bleak Day 1 from Abu Dhabi (and takes the chance to get a few things off his chest).
John Gascoigne debuts with a ripper yarn about the dramas, oddities and nuances of local cricket told from a unique perspective. He’s been an umpire for 25 years – so he’s seen it all (hearing it all was a different matter).
Lou on swing bowling. Has Boof been reading? Boof has gone to town on missing straight ones today.
E.Regnans has a call to arms for Australian cricket followers. Nominate to write a match report on one day’s play in the Second Test against Pakistan starting Thursday. Lou – are you up for it? Your Almanac need you.
As the Australians lick their wounds and prepare for the Second test against Pakistan, who look hungry, Lou reckons you can’t change 20 years of false learning in two days.
Calllum O’Connor continues the season of the Lower Plenty 3rd XI with a bit of niggle helping the team get home for a win on the weekend.
E.Regnans fifth day meditation on fortune, chance, patience, technique and all the other vagaries of Test Cricket in the desert.
For those old enough to know better. A link to Russell Jackson’s brilliant ‘Wasted Afternoons’ blog with all the coloured uniforms in domestic one-day cricket. Read it and go and clean out your wardrobe (including the one in the garage).
We thought Lou might go hard. Here he starts with some views on the art of batting, the art of bowling, and on the organisation of the summer fixture. Just a few to kick him off.
Introducing Lou who has recently discovered the Almanac and, having thought about it for a while, has decided to become a contributor.
Mickey Randall reminisces about the times, names and places of growing up with cricket as a constant summer companion.
E. Regnans conversational report on Day1 of the First Test.
Callum O’Connor’s series on the charms and travails of local cricket continues. (Worth reading for the nicknames and vernacular alone. Dry, laconic Australian humour is alive and well – Ed.)
Mic Rees profiles the 1964/65 district cricket season in Melbourne, and his Footscray team’s search for elusive success.
Peter Baulderstone holds his nose after Australia’s “miracle” last over ODI win against Pakistan at the home of cricket in Abu Dhabi. The ICC must think we are all mugs. World Cup – who cares?
Callum O’Connor’s cricketing travails continue as his opening spell is Harmisonesque. What to do when the skipper offers redemption via an over at the death?