India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 2: Fugazi

It is Smokie’s new all-purpose go-to word. But, for Australia, it has not been the “fugazi” that most thought it might be.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 2: Handbrake turns in Pune

Paddy Grindlay is eating humble pie as he reports on Day 2 of a captivating Test Match from Pune which sees the Australians in a mighty strong position.

Almanac Cricket – India v Australia Day 1: It just didn’t feel like cricket!

Jan Courtin felt a bit let down by day 1 of the test match between Australia and hosts India.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 1: Skid marks

India on top. Australia skids on Day 1. And poor Matt Renshaw now knows that the sub-continental trots belong in a special sub-branch of living torment.

Almanac (Cricket) Satire – Indian fans may be a little overconfident

The Australian Cricket team are in for a world of hurt if the Indian crickets fans online are correct.

India v Australia – Pune Test: Call for writers

The 1st Test, India v Australia, begins in Pune on Thursday. What can we expect to see? Can you volunteer a day’s story?

Almanac Cricket: Julien Wiener takes on Japan coaching role

Peter Sweeney chats to former opening Australia batsman Julien Wiener about the 2017 ICC World Cricket League qualifiers, Japan and facing Jeff Thomson.

Adam Voges seeks advice from Steve Bradbury …

This conversation may or may not have taken place.

Almanac Cricket: Two reasons India will spin webs around Aussie batsmen

Pat White previews Australia’s upcoming test series against the world’s number one ranked team, India. Can the visitors score enough runs on the spin-friendly pitches or will the home team continue their dominance and put Australia to the sword?

Kapunda Cricket Club’s sesquicentenary: Ten made ducks

Mickey Randall went back to his home town of Kapunda where the Kapunda Cricket Club was celebrating its sesquicentenary. This is a brilliant weaving of past and present. Vintage Randall!

Blind Deaf and Clueless: Chuckers Part Three

Phil Hill delivers his third off-cutter in his cricket series. Take a look at the rules of bending the arm and what it means for modern cricket.

Almanac Cricket: Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Midday Sun

Jan and Marshall enjoy a day at the SCG watching Shield cricket in the Sydney heat. The Blues get the better of Jan’s Maroons but the serenity of the traditional format makes the day worthwhile. That and some luck with parking meters

Matthew Wade is an inspiration to the butterfingered

A light-hearted look at Matthew Wade’s Australian career and the inspiration it provides those people in the community who suffer a rare condition.

Almanac Cricket: Out-of-the-blue national selections

Recently Siddhartha Vaidyanathan from Cricinfo asked if I would contribute to a piece on out-of-the-blue national selections. I chose Peter ‘Who’ Taylor.

Almanac (Local) Cricket: In search of lost Clifton Hillers

Andrew Gigs Gigacz has become part of the furniture at Clifton Hill CC and is helping track down some lost players in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Feb 18. If you know any of thses cricketers please leave a comment here, or contact Gigs, or the club. And book for the event!

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Chuckers, Part Two

Are you an idiot? Take Phil Hill’s chucking test and find out.

Almanac (Cricket) Satire: ICC backflip in record time

With tongue firmly in cheek, Punxsutawney Pete considers the revolutionary proposal to give International cricket more context which the ICC have announced as unworkable.

Australia select unknown to replace Matthew Wade in Nu’Zuland

In continuing their policy to fast track young talent, Australia’s selectors have chosen unknown, Timmy Bieber-Culkin, to replace Matthew Wade in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series currently being played in Nu’Zuland. Wade was ruled out with a back injury yesterday, and Australia’s selectors immediately announced that Bieber-Culkin would be flown over to reinforce the squad. “Timmy [Read more]

Almanac Cricket Books: A photograhic record of the Adelaide Oval

Before the grand old stands of Adelaide Oval were demolished, historian Bernard Whimpress took many photos of the great old ground. They are published in this new book.

The 2017 Whitney Mercilus Cup

Getting a band back together, the songs are flowing; some commentary about sport, mainly footy in all its forms, are some of the things on Earl’s mind as he takes refuge from the heat.