The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: The Lord’s blog

Australia come to Lord’s full of confidence. England must regroup. What are your thoughts, Almanackers? Have your say on the blog.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 3: SPD Smith transcends to Wonderland

SPD Smith is 13 not out at Lord’s. David Wilson says: “It’s fair to say that SPD Smith now operates beyond the reach of human influence. He bats now in a kind of “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” Double A Side zone.”

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 2: Swings, tension and everything good about test match cricket

As the rain continues to exert a major influence on proceedings at Lords, Sean Mortell recalls the fluctuations of a scheduled Day Two that actually became Day One in playing terms.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Five days of glorious madness

A ripping ‘Boys on Tour’ yarn from the self-depracating Kieran Fernandez as he and his posse lob at the Edgbaston Test. [I feel hungover just reading this – JTH]

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test: he’s on a roll!

Our competition to name both teams for the Second Ashes Test attracted a modest but high quality field of punters with the winner correctly naming all 22 players! Where have bragging rights gone this time?

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: an Australian Lord’s XI

Dave Brown searches the records to compile an Australian Test team made up of our best performers at Lord’s. You’ll find one or two surprises here.

The Ashes 2009 – Second Test, Day 1: Worst-ever opening spell has Australians crying into their beer

Tim Adam’s report from Australia’s dismal day one efforts in the 2009 second Ashes test at Lord’s is the perfect way to prepare yourself for what is (hopefully) a better Australian performance tonight.

The Ashes 1989 – Second Test scrapbook

It’s amazing what you find when rummaging through things at home! ER found a scrapbook he’d produced of the 1989 Ashes Test series. Here is his record of the Second Test at Lord’s.

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test

Let’s keep Roger Lowrey’s Ashes initiative alive by offering up bragging rights to the person who can come closest to naming the teams that will line up for the Second Test at Lord’s – yes, both teams!

Stab Punt Jim Johnson – one of the Almanac’s many characters

The Almanac has unearthed many characters over the years – octogenarian Jim Johnson is one of them. Jim is best know as the inventor of the stab punt and we’ve shared his research previously on the site. But what about the man himself? Ian Hauser tells the story of Jim’s life.

The Ashes 2019: Could Morgan be a Brearley?

Bernard Whimpress predicted this, or at least thought about it. He was reminded of 1989. He has some observations of a fascinating Test and some suggestions for England else they may well be doomed to a 4-0 drubbing.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: A sudden end, a lack of fight.

Clinging to their wickets does not seem to be the aggressive Englishmen’s forte writes Sean Mortell who also thinks that this Ashes might offer a vert tight contest.

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.