Book Launch: ‘George Giffen – a biography’ by Bernard Whimpress

Join author Bernard Whimpress on December 8 to celebrate the launch of his latest biography on Australian sporting wonder George Giffen.

Balcony Banter: Fifty years on

John Harms remembers the first summer of Test cricket he can remember properly. (This piece is from the MCC’s Balcony Banter blog)

Sports Archaeology? What lies beneath the pitch…

When did the English start their climb to the top of the limited-overs rankings in cricket? According to this photo, it could have been much earlier than you think!

Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac

We’ve made a list of the books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Cricket: First game of cricket

Watching his grandson play his first game of cricket brought back memories for Col Ritchie of his first match 57 years ago.

Almanac Cricket: The Art of Afternoon Tea

Henry Ballard elucidates on the etiquette of cricket’s afternoon tea spread, from the horrors of multiple pull-apart scrolls to the delights now provided regularly by the Wantirna South Thirds.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India 2020/21: The international season Down Under begins tomorrow

The 2020/21 summer of international cricket in Australia kicks off tomorrow with the first of the ODI matches between Australia and India in Sydney. See the schedule of matches in all three formats here.

Almanac Cricket: Behind the wickets – an umpire’s view

Like cricketers, umpires also need practice as John Gascoigne recalls a recent intra-club practice match polishing up his umpiring skills.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v India 2020-21 – Fingers crossed for a big pay-off

After an off-season dominated by financial arguments, Australia once again takes on India, Covid-19 allowing. John Butler sets the scene.

Almanac (Cricket) Books: ‘George Giffen – A Biography’ extract

Bernard Whimpress has provided an excerpt from his newest book,’Beorge Giffen: A Biography’

Almanac (Cricket) Books: ‘George Giffen – A Biography’ by Bernard Whimpress

Historian Bernard Whimpress introduces his recently-released biography of the great nineteenth century South Australian and Australian cricketer (and more than handy footballer) George Giffen.

Almanac Cricket: Kew v Power House – The Spirit of Cricket

Phil Hill loves his cricket having played and umpired in the Mercantile Cricket Association all his adult life. And, the spirit of the game is well and truly alive as he recounts the goodwill displayed between teams in a recent game he umpired.

Almanac Cricket (Memoir): Headingley, 1993

Recently T.G. White found some old photos of the Headingley Test in 1993. John Harms was at that Test with him.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection 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.)

Almanac Cricket: Australian Test squad to take on India named

The Australian Test cricket squad to face India this summer has been announced. Thoughts?

Almanac Cricket: ‘The Comeback Summer’ by Geoff Lemon

Geoff Lemon has a new cricket book coming out soon. Here are some advance details.

Almanac Cricket: Why it’s too soon to unleash Cameron Green

Dan Hoban names his 17 man squad for the First Test in Adelaide. He also weighs in on the potential selection of Cameron Green.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Practice Nets’ – Philip Hodgins

Footy is over, cricket is here and it’s time to hone up those cricketing skills! Philip Hodgins (1959 – 1995), in his poem ‘The Practice Nets’, reflects upon the role the nets play in the life of cricketers.

Almanac Cricket: Finding Frank Tarrant under the grape vines

With summer here, the sultana grape vines provide Michael Sexton with a wonderful shady backdrop for listening to Test cricket, and for reading. A book he recommends for reading in such a place is Mike Coward’s ‘Cricket’s Forgotten Pioneer: The Frank Tarrant Story’.

Almanac (Local) Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club 2020/21 Season- October Review

All the October action from the Pomborneit Cricket Club.