Almanac Cricket – Lillee v Cummins: the competition no one needs to have

Dave Brown crunches the numbers on a question there’s no need to ask but gets asked anyway

Playing for a draw: Anna Karenina, Test cricket, story and context

A good sporting event is a good story. And in sports that allow it, playing for the draw can be among the best of all stories.

Nobody Can Bowl

Rob Bath argues that cricket is now totally a batsman’s game, with everything stacked in the favour of those wielding the willow. Nobody can bowl….

ICC World Cup, Semi Final-New Zealand v South Africa

Tuesday night’s 2015 ICC World Cup semi final at Eden Park will be remembered as one of the all-time greats. The home side under enormous pressure to deliver, the South Africans desperate to progress beyond the semi final stage. A great report from Luke Reynolds

ICC World Cup 2015: Following without seeing

E Regnans’ 2015 ICC World Cup cricket coverage has been sans visual coverage so far. The written word and the internet has sated his cricketing appetite thus far. And butter chicken… (includes the #TimeHonoured E Regnan’s Butter Chicken recipe for free. You’re welcome).

2015 ICC World Cup Quarter Finals: A Call For Writers

Calling Almanac cricket writers: the 2015 ICC World Cup has reached the Quarter Final stage. We’d love to have you share your match reports with us.

2015 ICC World Cup: Proteas Gain Momentum

Kieran Deck was at Manuka Oval to watch South Africa strut their stuff against the Irish. While the focus for local fans has been on the local lads and the Kiwis, the South Africans are displaying some ominous form, suggests Kieran.

It’s As Easy As A,B,deV.

Could there be a finer way to introduce the next generation to one-day cricket than to have them see Abraham Benjamin de Villiers blistering 162 not-out and the South African dismantling of the West Indies as your first live ODI? Steve Duffy took his son to the SCG last week for AB’s 50-Over batting masterclass.