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.

Ball tampering at a time of renewal and forgiveness

At this special time of renewal and forgiveness, with regards to the ball tampering issue, we can only hope that time will prove to be the healer it is.

The Spirit of Cricket

‘For a long time, I’ve been wondering about the ‘Spirit of Cricket’. We sometimes think of cricket as having two components, its Laws and its Spirit, something like a person having a body as well as a soul.’

Almanac Cricket – Resistance to culture change: Junior coach’s letter ignored in 2013

This letter was written five years ago following the death of Phil Hughes, by a coach of Under 14 inner suburban cricket in Melbourne, to the junior committee. It was ignored. is there a problem with Australian cricket culture? What is the answer?

Cheating at cricket: acceptable standards; forgiveness and the false equivalence of #MeToo

Australia’s ball tampering fiasco in South Africa has David Wilson wondering why he bothers to follow sport. Here he navigates ideas of failure, forgiveness and acceptable standards. The sun will rise again.

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.