Almanac Cricket: Vale Colin McDonald AM

Colin McDonald, the courageous Australian opening batsman of the 1950s and 60s, has died aged 92 – a good innings! The Footy Almanac offers this tribute.

Almanac Cricket: Great cricket stories from the Footy Almanac vault

The Footy Almanac has published a treasure trove of many wonderful cricket stories on our site since 2009. Follow the link for a feast of stories.

Almanac Cricket: January 7th in Test cricket history

Omens for India, the chance of a tied Test half a century before Brisbane in 60/61, big partnerships, and the not always helpful advice of Geoff Boycott – take a stroll down memory lane as we revisit January 7 in the history of Test cricket.

Almanac Cricket – A trip down memory lane: Recalling iconic Australian cricket incidents from 25 years ago

It’s 25 years ago tonight that Michael Bevan smashed a last-ball boundary to give Australia an ODI win over West Indies. It left a mighty impression on the then 13-year-old Liam Hauser.

Balcony Banter: My First Test – Australia v India, MCG, February, 1948

Citrus Bob Utber recalls the first ever Test match he witnessed, Australia v India MCG 1948. It is a classic!

Almanac (Test) Cricket: Two significant Test cricket anniversaries

This weekend marks two great anniversaries in the history of Australian Test cricket – the Brisbane Tied Test from the 1960/61 series against the West Indies and Greg Chappell’s 1970 Test debut in Perth. The Almanac looks back fondly.

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.

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 Cricket: A catch to remember, 23 years on

It is 23 years to the day since Liam Hauser witnessed brilliance at the Gabba; Adam Dale took a running catch of simply outrageous proportions. Have you seen any better?

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: Dean Jones – remembering a showman who laid the platform.

With the death of Dean Jones, Sean Mortell remembers a great Australian cricketer renowned for his dash as a batsman, and passion for the game of cricket.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Almanac Cricket – Vale Sir Everton Weekes, the last of ‘The Three Ws’

The Footy Almanac pays tribute to Sir Everton Weeks, a giant of West Indian cricket, who has died aged 95.

Sports Archaeology: A sub-discipline waiting to happen?

A visit to the old decaying Monarto cricket ground had Bernard Whimpress wondering whether there is a place for a new discipline in archaeology: Sports Archaeology. [There must be a book there! – Ed]