Australia v England – T20: Hobart’s balmy army hails Glenn Maxwell at Blundstone Arena

It was a perfect summer’s night in Hobart and Glenn Maxwell put on a show for all those who turned up at the beautiful Blundstone Arena at Bellerive

Winter Cricket: Diplomacy wins the day

Umpire John Gascoigne reports on Melbourne’s cricket scene as players squish their way towards winter finals.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v England 5th ODI: At least it was competitive

England completed a series whitewash while Australia slept. Is this the series loss after the crisis that Australia had to have?

Revisiting a cricket rant from Feb, 2011 – has anything changed?

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Almanac Cricket – ODI: England v Australia at Trent Bridge

If you like crazy numbers it’s worth checking out this scorecard from last night’s ODI between England and Australia. [I didn’t even know it was on – JTH]

Almanac Cricket: The Langer Era Begins

The Justin Langer coaching reign begins tonight, with an ODI against England. And it’s on free-to-air TV! What do you make of it all? How do you feel about Tim Paine’s men? How do you rate their chances? Share your thoughts as you watch tonight.

Almanac Cricket: Jake Reed – “Training with a purpose”

Jake Reed’s cricketing journey is one of dedication and perseverance – Gil Roseby takes us into what makes Jake tick

Vale J. Neville Turner, one of life’s great characters

J. Neville Turner was a great character who had many passions: cricket, tennis, soccer, music and the law. Sadly he died last Thursday. He was a dear friend of many, including those in the Almanac community associated with the Australian Cricket Society and the Australian Society of Sports Historians. Ian Hammet (Almanac member, and ACS stalwart) penned this tribute. No doubt we will hear more in the coming days. Vale Neville Turner.

Citrus Bob on cricket’s new media landscape

Citrus Bob Utber considers the new cricket broadcasting pond and has his say on a team of commentators. Who’s in Bob’s commentary team? And who’s out?

What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?

Cate McGregor has written a brilliant, thought provoking cricket article in The Canberra Times. Follow the link below to read the article.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Cricketers Without Pockets

Cultural change is needed at the Australian cricket team and no stone should be left unturned…or pocket left unsewn.

A new kids’ book, inspired by #sandpapergate

As with any parent onto their 1000th read of their kid’s favourite book, Andrew Else decided, “I reckon I can do better”. He hopes all this cheating business hasn’t turned him sour…as he pens his thoughts in verse.

Cracking weekend of footy and sport coming up

Almanackers, we’re in for some cracking games of footy, and all things sport this weekend!

Almanac Cricket: Wayne Phillips – 159 On Test Debut

Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood pays tribute to the career, life and humour of South Australian left-hander Wayne Phillips, who famously made a brilliant 159 on his Test debut.

Almanac Cricket: What is Not Cricket and What is Not Not cricket?

Stab Punt Jim reflects on cricket, the lessons learned as a young boy and how the ethics of the game can be determined through one simple question: ‘Is it cricket?’

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield final: A great sight for cricket

This is what we came to see: Queensland win the Shield, and cricket played the way it’s meant to be played, competitive and well fought but with integrity and no unnecessary silly garbage . Liam presents his report of the game.

Darren Lehmann quits

Who should lead Australia out of the ball tampering scandal?

Almanac Cricket and Footy: So, your team are cheats – Advice from a Bombers Fan

Bomber fan, Andrew offers some friendly advice to consider if your team has been caught cheating.

Almanac Cricket: Vaseline and cricket

Smith, Warner and Bancroft broke a nation’s heart when they broke the spirit of the game. Why cheat?  Why destroy everything Test cricket stands for?  Why destroy a nation’s psyche?  Why try to ruin Test cricket? Ironmike tries to understand why.

Almanac Cricket: How righteous we are!

Jan Courtin sums it all up perfectly. She wonders why we are so bloody righteous in our condemnation of these three men – or were so until the tears came – and why this whole affair has become such a headline when, the world over, real tragedy is happening every minute of our lives.