Australia v England – T20: Hobart’s balmy army hails Glenn Maxwell at Blundstone Arena

It was a perfect summer’s night in Hobart and Glenn Maxwell put on a show for all those who turned up at the beautiful Blundstone Arena at Bellerive

Bring back the great Australian backyard!

Craig Dodson has a theory as to why Australian Cricket is stuffed. It all comes down to the death of the great Australian backyard. He asks us to hear him out.

ODI – Australia v South Africa: Proteas too good at Blundstone Arena, but Australia start remembering how to play the game

Mark Duffett took the pushie to Blundstone Arena and found the best park in the world before watching Australia chase the Proteas’ challenging total.

ODI – Australia v South Africa: Worth the drive from Mildura

Citrus Bob Utber drives from Mildura to Adelaide to see how the troubled Australian team is going first hand. He is part of a small-ish crowd who see a much-imporved performance form the Australians.

Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club October Review

The Pomborneit Bulls are off to a solid start in the 2018/19 season. All the highlights and happenings from October are listed here. #gopombobulls

Almanac Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 9: Gideon Haigh, and Sam Perry of The Grade Cricketer

With so much happening in Australian cricket, join Gideon Haigh and Sam Perry for lunch at The North Fitzroy Arms on November 9. Details here.

Familiar faces among Assumption College Kilmore cricket greats…. KB Hill

KB Hill has a night out at Assumption’s 125th Gala Dinner, including the inducting of several famous Kilmore College’s high-achieving alumni to their Hall of Excellence, and the unveiling of their ‘Cricketers of the Century’. Some well-known names there!

My Mate Dave

There was something of a fighter in Dave, particularly when his eyes bore into you with that steely gaze. And there was also something very gentle. Peter Crossing fondly remembers his mate; a great man, and a great groundsman.

Sheffield Shield – Victoria v New South Wales: Back to the future

It’s been a while between innings for Smokie when it comes to watching the Sheffield Shield at the MCG, so when a gap appeared in the covers of life, he slipped in to watch the Vics take on NSW and reminisce.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

“Meeting the ghost of local cricket….” by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls some fabulous cricketing tales from long ago related to him by an old timer he met while watching a local cricket match.

Almanac Cricket: First game

Col reflects on some more fond cricket memories from his childhood.

Almanac Teams: A cricketing team. Naturally.

Glen’s been thinking about a team of cricket naturals, reflecting the myriad examples of nature on our planet. What do you think of the team he has come up?

Almanac Cricket: John Arlott and Fred Trueman

Col relives some fond cricket memories of ABC Radio, John Arlott, Fred Trueman, and his dad.

A day in the life of Australian cricket

17 October 2018 – just another day in the life of Australian cricket. What did it tell us? Here are a few thoughts.

Almanac Cricket: an Enigmatic Eleven – a team of puzzles trying to find a common solution

A long rain break at the Gabba yesterday gave father and son time to pick an Australian team of enigmas. There were many names from which to choose.

Almanac Cricket – 2nd Test, Pakistan v Australia at Abu Dhabi

Another test in the balance. Catch up on the overnight scores, and leave a comment if you wish.