Australia v England ODIs – MCG: In the Shadow of the BBL

Jack Banister ponders the future of ODIs against our love of epic tests and the shiny new toy that is BBL.

Almanac Cricket: A whiff of bedlam – Ashes’ Smoke to Fire of the Proteas

Dan Tooms advises (some) caution in assessing the Australian performance across the Ashes series – especially after watching the First Test from South Africa. [Note: links are working now – Ed]

The Ashes presentation ceremony – Respect

David Wilson’s pen and ink sketch of the Ashes presentation ceremony…

The Ashes: Citrus Bob Sums Up The Ashes

After bringing us the action all summer, Citrus Bob wraps up The Ashes of 2017/18. With player rankings and a look towards South Africa tour. [Thank you Citrus Bob for your tremendous Test cricket coverage – Ed].

The Ashes – 5th Test: Aussies Dominate and Destroy England

Malcolm Ashwood reviews the 5th Test and the series, plus asks who do you have in your squad for the Test series in South Africa?

The false hope of King Arthur, the Border wars and the collapse of the Lehmann Brothers – a plea against insider training

Crankypete looks at cricket history. And at today.

He concludes: “So either these guys in Australian cricket are duds at hist0ry. Or have just found a convenient way of getting their mates into a team, against a hapless opponent.”

Discuss.

The Ashes – Fifth Test, Day 3: The Brothers Marsh

It was hot in Melbourne yesterday – perfect for taking it easy in front of the TV, which is what Jack Banister did while sipping cool drinks and reading Gideon Haigh’s The Cricket War. It was a lot tougher for the English bowlers as the runs flowed for the Australian batsmen, some of whom were intent on booking their passage to South Africa.

The Ashes – Fifth Test: Call For Writers 

This is an invitation for writers of Test cricket; all styles, all ages; to submit their observations and thoughts on the fifth Ashes Test from the SCG.

The Ashes – Fifth Test, Day 1: From The ABC and Others

Citrus Bob Utber, unusually for him, is watching the Fifth Test from home. This hasn’t affected his reportage however; like the ABC, he’s way ahead of the rest of us.

Almanac Cricket: Peace and war; a selection minefield – 1979-80 revisited.

Peter Warrington looks at what transpired in and around the 1979-80 Test series (England and West Indies toured that summer), the first series after the WSC split. Great memories. Intriguing analysis.

The Ashes – Fourth Test: Have a go you Mugs!

Malby Dangles remembers a slow day at the MCG Test in 1990-91 and considers the place of overly circumspect batting in this MCG Test just finished.

The Ashes – Fourth Test: Featherbed

Rulebook Ashwood sums up the Test Match at the MCG and doesn’t have a lot of nice things to say about the curator.

Opinion as fact: The dire future of information (Case studies: Climate change and the MCG pitch)

David Wilson sees social media, groupthink and the rapid reporting of opinions as leading us away from Enlightenment. Is climate change happening? Was that Melbourne Test pitch really so bad? Orwellian intrigue.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 5: Axes and Orchids

Citrus Bob Utber livens up a forgettable final day with his annual Axes and Orchids. [Congrats and thanks for five days of your lively copy Bob – Ed.]

Chappelli always knew when he nicked one

Pubxsutawney Pete takes on Ian Chappell on a point of logic, and has a swipe at S.K. Warne for good measure.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 4: Sod It 

In the bowels of the ‘G, people mill about, wearing confused expressions. What is a man or woman to do when his or her day at the cricket is ruined by the glory of Melbourne summer rain? Jack ponders this question as the rain begins to play a part in determining the outcome of the fourth Test.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 4: A Spot of Gardening

Citrus Bob Utber reports on the truncated Day 4, with some news on the Richie trivia front and another tricky question.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: The Rivalry of the Century

Anna Pavlou gets her first look at Ashes cricket, from the MCC Members of all places. With a trip to the MCC Library included, she’s off to a great start! (Sounds like the perfect day to me, Anna – great stuff – ED)

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: A Cook’s Tour de Force

Citrus Bob’s Day 3 was all Alastair Cook’s.

Almanac Cricket: Shane Backx’s favourite To and Froms

Shane Backx is a close watcher and good judge of all things sport. Here he lists his favourite English players and includes a surprise (for good reason).