Almanac Cricket – More than just a game

Cricket is a vast, rich cultural experience that needs to be savoured from very early in the day, long before the first ball is bowled, argues AlisonS.

Almanac Cricket: Pick your Ashes Squad

Back in February, Almanac editor Ian Hauser put out a challenge to cricket fans to pick their Ashes squad. With just a fortnight to go until the First Test gets underway, here’s your last chance to enter this Almanac competition. Read on for more details.

2019 Cricket World Cup Final – That’s a Draw, Mate!

Michael Viljoen certainly has his thinking cap on this week. Following on from his ‘epic journey of biblical proportions’ earlier in the week, he’s now trying to undo the Gordian knot of how to fairly decide the outcome of a tied ICC World Cup Final. He gives us several options to consider.

A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v England: A cruel end

Edgbaston and England got Australia once again, but Sean Mortell is trying to see some positive signs after Australia’s departure from the 2019 World Cup.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v South Africa: Old rivals still go hard

Before Australia’s World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight, Sean Mortell reviews their last game against South Africa and details what may change for tonight’s line-up

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v New Zealand: A hard-fought, well deserved win

‘World Cup clashes with the little cousin are always special.’ There were great expectations as the 2015 finalists confronted each other at Lord’s on Saturday. Sean Mortell tells us the story.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v England: An incomplete yet resounding victory

Australia managed to out-class England in a blockbuster World Cup clash at Lord’s, as Sean Mortell reviews the encounter and what Australia got right.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh: Slowly coming together

Sean Mortell reviews another steady Australian win, as he is satisfied that the team’s balance is slowly improving throughout the tournament

Yabba – A witty barracker

Yabba was a legendary barracker, heckler renowned for his witticisms from The Hill at the SCG in the early 20thC. One wonders how he would fare at AFL footy these days!

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Sri Lanka: Not pretty, but it does the trick

Australia continued their World Cup campaign with another imperfect win against Sri Lanka, as Sean Mortell details the problems the Aussies need to fix if they are to go deep into the tournament

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Pakistan: Battling hard, doing enough

The mecurial Pakistanis have been hard to pick and Australia caught them on a middling day writes Sean Mortell.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v India: Simply out-classed

Australia faced their first set back in the 2019 Cricket World Cup against India last Sunday night. Sean Mortell wonders whether it was a necessary reality check.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v West Indies: Restoking old rivalries

Sean Mortell reviews Australia’s last gasp win in their second match of the 2019 cricket World Cup against the dangerous West Indies.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Afghanistan: A nerve-settling start

As Australia looks to its game against the West Indies, Sean Mortell reviews their opening win over Afghanistan.

Almanac Book Review: Ruling The World, The Story of the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Luke Reynolds reviews “Ruling the World, The Story of the 1992 World Cup” by Jonathan Northall, from a time when one-day cricket really did rule the world.

Winter cricket

The old cricketers’ winter-only fitness-maintaining pastime of footy has morphed into the season-defying juggernaut that is the AFL, but as John Gascoigne shares, it’s far from a one-way process, with winter cricket more popular than ever before.

Book Review – Golden Boy by Christian Ryan: When dreams come true

To mark the occasion of Christian Ryan’s ‘Golden Boy’ being declared Wisden’s best-ever cricket book, Les Everett reprises his insightful review of that book. (Kim Hughes was someone Les had personal experience of – Ed).

Almanac Cricket: “Golden Boy” is Wisden’s best ever cricket book

Christian Ryan’s Golden Boy: ‘Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket’ has been declared the best cricket book ever written by a Wisden panel. An outstanding achievement. What do you think of the shortlisted books?

Almanac Reading – The ugly Australian: evolution of a cricket species (from “The Cricket Monthly”)

From “The Cricket Monthly” last week; in which Jarrod Kimber explores the traditions and ways of Australian cricket; from the suburbs to the international arena. [Do your experiences support these views? – Ed].

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

Peter Baulderstone reflects on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)