Almanac Cricket: Pick your Ashes Squad

It’s time to play Cricket Australia Selector. Ian Hauser chooses his Ashes squad and challenges fellow Almanackers to enter a competition. Choose the squad you’d like to see as well as the one you think CA will select.

Book Launch (Feb 13): Billy Murdoch – Cricketing Colossus

You are invited to the launch of this biography of Billy Murdoch by Richard Cashman and Ric Sissons. Gideon Haigh and Ray Webster to do the honours at the MCC Library. All welcome (but you MUST rsvp)

Almanac Cricket: The anatomy of a batting collapse

‘What is the anatomy of a batting collapse? Like a rollercoaster, it starts slowly…’ Sixteen and a half years later, the impact of that calamitous match is still almost enough to send Craig Dodson into therapy.

Almanac (Cricket) Reflection: Taking the kid to the Test

Taking his 7 year old son to his first Test match at Manuka reminded Edward P. Olsen of his own experiences of his first Test match. And, the speed of parenthood is also brought clearly home to him as he reflected. Beautiful piece.

‘The Brian Dorman Show…….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill does it again! This week he recounts the sporting career of Brian ‘Horse’ Dorman, big-hitting cricketer, Collingwood footballer and successful horse trainer. His footy career cruelled by injury, Brian made quite a name for himself in the sport of kings.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 4: Going through the motions!

Manuka continues to surprise Citrus Bob, its food and eating places please, but will day 4 of the cricket offer any surprises? Unfortunately not as Citrus reports on the demise of the sub-standard Sri Lanka team.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 3: Citrus turns sour?

Citrus Bob Utber is grumpy, but not really too grumpy. Khawaja and Starc make the slectors’ job even harder as Australia bat the Sri Lankans out of the Test match.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 2: A smorgasbord!

Citrus Bob is treated to a smorgasbord of brilliant food, and a smorgasbord of runs by the Aussies as he reports on all the action of day 2 at Manuka.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 1: Aussie ton drought breaks

After early wobbles, Australia’s batsmen rediscovered the art of Test century-making. Citrus Bob Utber was on the spot to report.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka – Second Test from Manuka Oval, Canberra

The second Australia v Sri Lanka Test gets underway this morning in Canberra. We give our take on the lead-up to the match and pose a series of questions. Is that a metaphor for this summer of Australian cricket – there are more questions than answers? At no extra cost, we throw in a bit of Latin.

Almanac Backyards – Dad calls backyard cricket DRS trial a success

Mickey Randall writes about the joys of a game of backyard cricket with his boys, and in particular, the workings of the DRS.

Australia v Sri Lanka, First Test – Day 1: Australia in another league

Citrus Bob watching the Test in comfort at home with the weather temperature outside a mild 46 degrees is glad he took this option. From what he has seen in the first day’s play the “ordinary” Australian team is miles ahead of their opposition as he reports.

 

Almanac Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka, First Test – does anyone care?

The silence is deafening at the Editor’s desk as we head into Day 1 of the First Test v Sri Lanka at the Gabba. Does anyone really care? Is there a scribe who will be our eyes, ears and analyst in the coming days? ((Or is this where cricket is at in Australia today?)

‘The Game-Changer……….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill is a seemingly endless source of heart-warming stories about local sportspeople who have really given it a crack! In this latest edition, KB tells us about Michael Newton, a man with an extensive sporting CV. (Great stuff! – Ed.)

Never give up the chase for a baggy green!

Another great yarn from Craig Dodson who can now proudly say he has donned the famous baggy green! Here is his story.

Australia Day, cricket?

Glen! discusses the issue of Australia Day by looking at its celebration during Adelaide Test matches. He invites a conversation around the concept of Australia Day.

Almanac Cricket Comment: Luigi wants to turn history on its head and make cricket a game for footballers in the summer.

Luigi has been taking it easy over the Christmas-New Year period and has had plenty of time to think and chat. He’s hearing lots of ideas about cricket. He’s got a few of his own. This one turns history around. [Creative – Ed]

Almanac (Australian) Cricket: Beset by crisis because the system is spoiled

This is the regression we had to have.  In ironmike20’s life, Australian cricket has suffered three great crises and rebounded.  This crisis is self-inflicted, but a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.  The Aussies have done it before and can do it again a passionate Mike claims.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 5: School’s out for the Aussies!

Citrus Bob reports from a washed out day 5 at the SCG, and in his inimitable schoolmasterly manner appraises the form of the Australian team.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 4: A Waste!

Day 4 at the cricket proved to be very frustrating as Citrus Bob reports.