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.”



Cranky Pete has the final word on the career of Shane Watson. He is now ready to move on.

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.

Almanac Cricket: Five reasons Glenn Maxwell is the Ultimate Park Cricketer

Glenn Maxwell is the guy that’s been overlooked despite producing results, the player that has shown up at training each week only to miss the finals, the player that’s done all they can to get better only to have a friend of a captain brought in to a side to fill in. What do you think?

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.

Almanac Novelty Teams: The Cricket Playing Martians are Coming

Roger Lowrey picks a side from the best cricketers he’s seen (since 1963). Will no doubt generate some discussion.

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.

NYE in Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135

Micky and the kids, a hot night at Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135 for the important BBL NYE fixture, and would you believe it, the Zooper Doopers have been banished!

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).

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Catching up

On the field, Day 2 at the MCG surprised Citrus Bob Utber [and many of us – Ed]. Well played, Alastair Cook. Off the field, the MCG Test was also in good form.