The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: Platypus revisited

Australia won the First Ashes Test of 2019 by 251 runs, after floundering at 8/122 on Day 1. Some things are hard to explain using old understandings.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: The Edgbaston blog

Check out what our readers have to say and add your observations on the Edgbaston Test.

The Ashes 1989 – First Test scrapbook

Check out this scrapbook of articles from the First Test of the 1989 Ashes tour, 30 years on. Articles sourced from The Age by correspondent Martin Blake.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day Four: Nerves dissipate into a sweet day of Aussie rearguard action

Sean Mortell is taken by the cricket on display. The Ashes contest is just four days old and anything is possible.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Days 2 and 3: England surge ahead, but don’t consolidate.

Sean Mortell looks back on Days 2 and 3 of the Edgbaston Test.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 9: With special guest Bryce McGain

Another cracking Footy Almanac/The Odd Friday Lunch coming up with special guest, former Australian Test cricketer, Bryce McGain, on Friday 9th August at 1:05pm at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Should be a beauty!

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the First Test team: Ian Hauser wins bragging rights

Ian Hauser gets the chocolates.

Je m’en fous

As always, Earl O’Neill presents his thought provoking comments on sport, and other odds’n’ends, in his carefree and inimitable style as you will see.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 1: Celebrating Smith and a history-defining knock

Sean Mortell reviews Steve Smith’s stunning match-changing innings on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test of the 2019 Ashes series.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Has Steve Smith Won Our Aussie Hearts back?

After Steve Smith’s century making heroics in the Ashes 2019 First Test, Anna Pavlou wonders whether he has won back the hearts of Aussie cricket lovers.

Ashes 2009 – First Test Day 3: Australians bat on, and on

Back in 2009 the first Ashes test was played in Cardiff. Peter Flynn reported on a strong Australian batting effort on Day 3, whilst contemplating which watering hole the Boonies might choose.

The Ashes 2019: Call for writers

It all begins tomorrow night. With much uncertainty about both teams, this is a series where anything might happen. We’ll be doing our best to cover the 2019 Ashes, and would love it if you want to contribute.

Ashes 2009 – First Test Day 2: The Australians fight back

The First Test of the 2009 Ashes series was played at Cardiff. Day one saw England bat impressively. John Harms took up the action on Day two.

Almanac Cricket – The Ashes Squad competition: And we have a winner!

Now that Australia’s Ashes Squad has been named, we have a winner for our competition to see who could get closest to the official 17 named by Cricket Australia. And the winner is…(read on)

Almanac Cricket Competition: Name your First Test team for The Ashes

We’ve had the ‘name the Ashes squad competition’, now we’ve got the ‘name the First Test team’ competition. Roger Lowrey puts it out there to Almanackers to have a go. But be sure to read the fine print – it could make all the difference!

The ultimate injured testicle listicle

What is a testicle listicle? ‘Listicles are often derided — quite fairly — as cheap, lazy content,’ writes Gigs. ‘But as someone who is cheap and lazy, and who loves lists and writing articles, I find the idea of creating one kind of attractive. For me, though, it has to be a listicle with a twist.’ Read on with caution – only Gigs could come up with this one which includes suffering sportsmen like Scott Thompson and Bumble!

Almanac Cricket: Pick your Ashes Squad – one last chance

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.

Almanac Teams: An innings cut short

In a thoughtful response to an earlier Phil Dimitriadis piece, Glen! compiles a team of cricketers who had their careers cut short by tragedy or misfortune.

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.