Almanac Cricket: Ashes 2017/18 – A Holiday Cricket Report by Hugo Birrell

Hugo Birrell has compiled a comprehensive review of each triumphant Ashes test this summer.

A sporting history of gastro

Matt Zurbo sympathises with Joe Root’s unfortunate ailment during the Sydney Test. Here’s why!

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]

The Ashes presentation ceremony – Respect

David Wilson’s pen and ink sketch of the Ashes presentation ceremony…

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.

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.

The Ashes – Fifth Test: Call For Writers 

This is an invitation for writers of Test cricket; all styles, all ages; to submit their observations and thoughts on the fifth Ashes Test from the SCG.

The Ashes – Fifth Test, Day 1: From The ABC and Others

Citrus Bob Utber, unusually for him, is watching the Fifth Test from home. This hasn’t affected his reportage however; like the ABC, he’s way ahead of the rest of us.

Almanac Cricket: Peace and war; a selection minefield – 1979-80 revisited.

Peter Warrington looks at what transpired in and around the 1979-80 Test series (England and West Indies toured that summer), the first series after the WSC split. Great memories. Intriguing analysis.

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.