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 Footy History: Jim McShane – The Accidental Pioneer

Jim McShane was the first VFL/AFL footballer to kick a double-digit bag of goals in a game to make a history that is now a mere statistic in the history books. Anna reflects upon this achievement and ponders some questions.

2018 will be The Year of…

Yoshi has much to look forward to in 2018, and high hopes.

The Departure of Uncle Gerard

Over the years, Gerard Whateley has become a part of the Reynolds family. So when Luke Reynolds heard that he is moving on from the ABC it came as quite a shock!

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Daryl Braithwaite batting. Rick Kane bowling.

When Rick Kane was 13 he was part of the Norm O’Neil Cricket Coaching Clinic at the WACA. One Saturday morning training was cut short because a touring pop group had arrived.

Almanac Cricket – Selection policy

This cartoon from David Wilson suggests something about Australian cricket team selection.

Osaka Dingoes President Matt Gale interviewed by Rohan Connolly

The future of footy in Asia is bright, none more so than at the Osaka Dingoes (Yoshi’s hitting the gym)

Almanac Soccer: War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 15

Scarily, Sydney FC and Adrian Mierzejewski are just hitting their straps – will anyone stop them?

Almanac Golf: Pacific run

Hamish Neal looks at the Pacific stage of the PGA Tour as players look to find their form in the new year.

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]

Almanac Baseball: ABL Ain’t No BBL

What has slowly dawned on The Ruminator over time is that trying to compare our respective affinities for cricket and baseball is not so much a hankering for the glory days of old but the brutal reality of sport in the modern world. The BBL is a behemoth that is offering Australian fans what Americans have taken for granted for decades – when the days are long and languid people like to watch games that kick off about 7pm and finish around 10pm pretty much any old night of the week.

Almanac Music: Best Gigs of 2017

Luke Reynolds looks at the favourite gigs he attended in 2017, which included a number through country Victoria.

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].

War and Peace (and A-League)-Round 14

Dennis reports on the half way point of the season that sees Sydney FC still clearly the best side in the A-League, though given a bloody nose by the Jets, Victory having their march stalled, and the Glory, well, is just being the Glory.

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.

Raving Rulebook No 13

Rulebook’s back for 2018. Who gets the Bake of the Week?

What-o?

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.