Almanac Cricket – Look here, fellow…

Earl O’Neill carefully places thoughts and quotes on the cricket cheating fiasco; like a nesting lyrebird places twigs.

Australian Cricket Anthem

Peter Baulderstone struggles to understand how low Australian cricket culture has sunk. He suggests a new anthem for the Australian cricket team.

The Ashes

Peter Crossing pens an Australian cricket obituary in light of the ball tampering scandal.

Almanac Cricket: A common sense guide to sledging

Craig Dodson considers sledging in cricket after recent incidents and recalls his own experiences playing the game. Here he has put together some guidelines for what he thinks is appropriate on the pitch.

Beauty and the Cricket Club

‘I wonder, just quietly, if I didn’t learnt more at cricket clubs than I did when undertaking my degree.’
Mickey Randall reminisces his playing days as he watches his son participate in a world he treasures dearly – local cricket.

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers: Scotland Denied

For the winner of last night’s ICC World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and the West Indies, the prize was a spot in the 2019 World Cup. The Scots fell heartbreakingly short, losing by 5 runs. Neil Drysdale, our man in Scotland, reports on the game.

Wishing everyone a happy sporting weekend

Jan Courtin wonders if she watches too much sport. She has a huge weekend ahead, with her Swans in Round 1 AFL action, her Lions in the AFLW Grand Final and her Bulls in the Sheffield Shield decider. [Great photo – Ed]

Katie Brennan and Kagiso Rabada suspension challenges

Yesterday saw two sportspeople challenge suspensions given to them. What are your thoughts on the Brennan and Rabada situations? On challenges generally?

Women’s Footy – Bud Breakfasts and the Shifting Horizons of Girls

Saturday morning breakfast at the Wilson’s. In 2014 and 2018. The newspaper is a constant. The conversation, and the back page, have changed. E.regnans with a poignant piece on the growing stature of Women’s footy. Especially in the eyes of his two daughters.

Cricket Caste System

Some cricket poetry from our Poet at the Desk, Damian Balassone.

Almanac Cricket – Reminiscences from the Angaston CC: Our 1978-79 Colts premiership

Angaston produced a fine crop of youngsters in the late ’70s including photographer-writer Peter Argent.

Kyle Coetzer’s 5000

With Scotland currently undefeated in the ODI World Cup Qualifiers, Neil Drysdale pays tribute to Scottish skipper Kyle Coetzer, the first Scot in the history of the game to make 5000 runs for his country.

Almanac Cricket – Davey Warner and the Deluded Toxic Masculinity of the Australian Cricketer: A Performance in Six Acts

David Wilson says: Such a shame – this #Warner fiasco. When cricket should be the focus. But we shouldn’t walk past this standard of behaviour.

South Africa v Australia – First Test, Durban: Thoughts and comments?

The First Test between South Africa and Australia started last night at Kingsmead, Durban. John Harms has a few thoughts. Check out the comments thread.

Good parent or a pompous tool?

A parental confession? You be the judge.

Book Review (4 of 52): The Cricket War by Gideon Haigh

Jack Banister is back with his 4th book review of 2018. Under the Banister microscope is Gideon Haigh’s masterpiece ‘The Cricket War’. In the new cricketing climate that now exists, Jack recommends you revisit the game’s original revolution

The pleasures of men in white at a deserted SCG

A pleasant surprise awaited Jan Courtin at the SCG. Remember when?

Almanac (Cricket) Haircuts: A Fringe Player?

Bush cricket photos from Peter Argent. He reckons the Sevenhill offie M. Wells could do with a trim. [Classic – JTH]

T20 International – Australia v England: Another ‘Big Ship’

Smokie Dawson went to the T20 at the MCG on Sunday with a very well-named mate. [from the MCC’s Balcony Banter]

Raving Rulebook 14

Rulebook is certainly raving this week as he becomes rather animated over various issues including umpiring in AFLW, resting cricketers at international level, and nocturnal activities at the Winter Olympics.