Almanac (Backyard) Cricket: When I was G.S. Chappell and brother Joe was Geoff Dymock

Those of a certain age will be reminded of their `80s childhoods by this Dan Hoban memoir. [Or should we say “young Danny Hoban” – Ed]

Almanac Cricket (Memoir): Headingley, 1993

Recently T.G. White found some old photos of the Headingley Test in 1993. John Harms was at that Test with him.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Almanac Cricket – Test Team of the 80s

In a moment of sleeplessness, Damian Balassone created a super Test Team for the 1980s. What do you think of his team? Any glaring omissions?

Almanac Book Review – ‘Border’s Battlers’ by Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton’s ‘Border’s Battlers’ gives an incisive insight into ‘the other tied Test’ in 1986 between Australia and India. Dan Hoban provided this review.

The Ashes 1989 – Fourth Test scrapbook

Take yourself back to 1989. If Australia wins the Fourth Test at Old Trafford, Australia wins the Ashes…

‘Ross Greenwood – telling the finance story with style….’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill favours us with the story of local boy made good, Ross Greenwood. Better known as a finance guru, Ross remembers his roots and still rolls his arm over in Sydney.

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.

The All Victorian One Test 11 – just in time for Boxing Day

From the 70 players who only played one Test for Australia, Sean Curtain names an All Victorian One Test Eleven.

Australia v India Test series: Clouds and silver linings

If this summer’s Test cricket looks a bit grim, things could always be worse… but also better at the same time. Dave Brown looks at Australian men’s teams in transition over the decades.

Pub review: The Holdy, Glenelg South

As a XXXX Gold beer ambassador, the highlight for Mickey Randall was a XXXX function at the Holdfast Hotel during which he spent some time with former Australian cricket captain, Allan Border. Here is his account.

Almanac Cricket: Wayne Phillips – 159 On Test Debut

Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood pays tribute to the career, life and humour of South Australian left-hander Wayne Phillips, who famously made a brilliant 159 on his Test debut.

The false hope of King Arthur, the Border wars and the collapse of the Lehmann Brothers – a plea against insider training

Crankypete looks at cricket history. And at today.

He concludes: “So either these guys in Australian cricket are duds at hist0ry. Or have just found a convenient way of getting their mates into a team, against a hapless opponent.”

Discuss.

Almanac Teams – The (ultimate) Ultimate WACA Ashes performers

As we head to the WACA one last time for the Ashes, who has put together the best performances at the ground? Warning: may contain traces of 2006 Adam Gilchrist

Allan Border’s Form Slump

A little poemsy from Damian Balassone.

Almanac Cricket – The best and worst* at the Gabba

In the lead up to the Gabba Test, Dave Brown looks at some of Australia’s good and not so good performers at the venue

Almanac Cricket – From Walters to Marsh: A brief history of the Australian No. 6

Mitch Marsh is something like the 50th Australian No. 6 since Doug Walters and with him Dave Brown thinks the selectors are trying something new

Almanac Cricket: Have you met your Heroes?

Neil Drysdale tells us about his five favourite Australian sporting identities, all with a Scottish connection of course.

A ‘grizzled 69’ and the art of sports writing

Dave Brown finds some gems in the local Op-shop and marvels at the myriad ways in which an Allan Border innings can be described

Beyond Bradmania

DG Bradman’s first game for St George in November 1926 is the dawn of modern cricket history according to “Cranky” Pete Warrington. But let’s not discount those who came came before The Don. Cricket’s “Golden Age” needs to be remembered.