The Ashes – Third Test, Day 1: Black swans at the WACA

David Wilson imagines an interview with a consultant to Cricket Australia…

The Ashes – Third Test, Day 1: Malan and Bairstow defy the WACA

Citrus Bob Utber reports from Perth, where a superb day of Test cricket sees England well placed at stumps. Dawid Malan compiled his first Test century, sharing in an unbroken 174 run partnership with Jonny Bairstow.

Sheffield Shield Teams 1975/76: Mugs Shot

Swish blows the cobwebs off some more of his collection and comes up with team photos from the 1975/76 Shield season. They weren’t called the Ugly Australians for nothing.

Almanac Teams – The (ultimate) Ultimate WACA Ashes performers

As we head to the WACA one last time for the Ashes, who has put together the best performances at the ground? Warning: may contain traces of 2006 Adam Gilchrist

The Ashes 2017/18 – Third Test, the WACA: Call For Writers

We’re looking for writers to help us cover the third Ashes Test in Perth, which will be the final Test at the WACA. Let us know in the comments

Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

From January 2015: “Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.” The more things change…

An Unexpected Saturday Sporting Experience

While his knees are shot, Malcolm Ashwood isn’t one to stand by when the Payneham CC is in need.
The club legend returned to the field of play as a substitute fielder on Saturday, cultimating in Rulebook leading the club song.

Raving Rulebook No 12

Rulebook is not happy – he’s never happy. He’s disappointed that England have too many B-Graders, that the umpiring was ordinary and that nieth captain wanted to win the Adelaide Test.

The Ashes – Adelaide Test: Aussies one hand on the urn

Rulebook hands out the brickbats and bouquets from the Adelaide Oval test. Does anyone do social test cricket better than Adelaide?

Almanac (Cricket) Poetry: Mike Gatting

Damian Balassone has some (poetic) fun with Mike Gatting.

The Ashes – Adelaide, Day 1: A brisk lunchtime in the Cathedral Hotel

Micky Randall prepared for the Adelaide Test at the famous Cathedral Hotel, just across the road from the Adelaide Oval. The throng were in good pre-match from, with cricket stories being fired from all quarters.

The Ashes – Adelaide Test: Patience, precipitation and port

Daryl Schramm makes his Almanac debut with this neat summary of the (and his) Adelaide Test. A port at the cricket!

A few (twisted) words about the Ashes

As a wordsmith, Gigs is the great conjuror. It’s like watching a magic show. Here he toys with cricketers’ names, just as he did a few years ago. [How do you think of this stuff Gigs?]

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 5: Injudicious

Citrus Bob Utber gets what Adelaideans call an “early minute” (or two) after the visitors folded meekly on Day 5. [Put your feet up Citrus, you deserve it – Ed.]

Tribute From an English Sports Fan to His Friend

Peter Crossing provides this touching vignette from Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 4: Heritage Overlay

Citrus Bob Utber took in some of North Adelaide’s architectural heritage en route to Adelaide Oval (how long did he spend at the Queen’s Head?). Here’s his Day 4 summary (the ink is still drying).

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 3: Nothing ever happens in Adelaide on a Monday

Dave Brown hails the return of Jimmy Anderson and the Ashes contest on an anything but typical Adelaide Monday night

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 3: On attitude, application and a swinging ball

Citrus Bob reports on an absorbing Day 3 – with England well behind on first innings, yet enjoying the night-time swinging scene of Adelaide.

Four seasons in the whites

Noel gives us the rundown of his memorable cricket career, which included multiple fielding trophies and plenty of laughs.

Almanac Poetry: Allan Border’s Form Slump

A little poemsy from Damian Balassone.