Gabba Test: writers’ schedule (get involved)


Well that was a cracking Test in Adelaide.

Superb stories coloured the days for us all here. Brilliant work from all contributors.

The schedule worked beautifully, with well-planned involvement  from the Knackers supplemented by floating entries from yer Bob Utber and Mickey Randall -types. Just great.


And so, on to Brisbane. This is a call for cricket story-tellers for Days 1-5. Everyone welcome. Let’s aim to cover all five days – from multiple angles. Declare your preference in the comments below. Carn Test cricket.

Day 1: Wednesday December 17: Matt Watson & Jill Scanlon & David (a.k.a. dchet5) &

Day 2: Thursday December 18: Paddy Grindlay & Sean Curtain &

Day 3: Friday December 19: Peter_B &

Day 4: Saturday December 20:

Day 5; Sunday December 21: Joe Moore & Rulebook &


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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. I can do day one but I won’t be there. I’ll be at home looking after my boy Angus so we’ll be watching.
    If someone is going to the Test and wants to write about it I will happily let them do it.

  2. Ahh, good stuff Matt.
    Would love to get your perspective on Day 1, regardless of others.
    I wonder what Angus will make of it all.

  3. Day 3. First opportunity for serious cricket time this summer. EiiR – can you suggest a stratagem for luring the Avenging Eagle away from the house for the day? She hates cricket nearly as much as Dockers.

  4. Hey David…
    I might wait until Melbourne!!

  5. Excellent news from the west, PB.
    My advanced knowledge of Australian summer time zones tells me you’d be looking for an 8am – 3pm -ish -sized window of opportunity to open up. Those hours scream “school program” to me. You’ve got a few days now convince the A Eagle to either enrol in a short course for the day, or sign up as a helper at the local primary school.

    Smokie – no dramas. If the itch reappears, scratch it here any time.

  6. I will go interchange a give it a run each day as I will be in the Press Box JTH?
    No comment the sub-continent people love me.

  7. G’day Bob,
    Loved your Adelaide stories. Your perspective. Your Rahul Dravid interactions.
    If you get a chance from Brisbane please send them through.

  8. Day 5 for me, Dave? A post-wedding hangover will need to be soothed by the sights and sounds of Test cricket. Good excuse to stay on the couch too!

  9. Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood says

    Day 5 if needed OBP thank you

  10. Joe – Test cricket as the all-purpose WD-40 of life.
    R Book – no dramas.
    Thanks gents.

  11. Paddy Grindlay says

    Day 2 if needed. The prequel of the day 5 squabble.
    Mum is out all day. I reckon cuppas, cheezles and cricket will be my day. Not to shabby.
    Cheers Dave

  12. Paddy, you have Thursday enviably well sorted.
    And that’s a tidy line there: “the prequel of the day 5 squabble.”
    Thanks for volunteering.

  13. Step right up, step right up.
    Debutants very welcome.

  14. If you are still looking for a day 2 batting pardner, I am in

  15. G’day Sean, well played.
    No MJ Clarke, no PM Siddle, MS Dhoni back…
    Game on.

  16. Paddy Grindlay says

    What is with these hamstrings!!?? More twangs out there than a cruddy guitar player.

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