Almanac Cricket: Never invite a prospective romantic partner to come see you play cricket!

Cricket season is just around the corner, and Craig Dodson has a vital message for all young cricketers looking to impress anyone over the coming months.

Almanac Cricket: Sir Everton Weekes – a tribute

Bob Utber is one of the lucky few who got to watch the West Indies’ three W’s tour Australia in 1951-52. Although the late Sir Everton Weekes may not have flourished down under, he still left his mark on Aussie crowds.

Almanac Life: Cricket With My Sons

A flashback to almost 11 years ago when Smokie first posted this piece about playing cricket with his sons.

Almanac Flashback – Bowled (Canna) Lily: Park Cricket in 1970s Elizabeth

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt revisits the battlefields of childhood, and the characters that made those informal test matches forever memorable in a story from 2014 reprised from the Footy Almanac archives.

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.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Almanac Cricket – Basil D’Oliveira: 50 years ago

Glen! takes us back 50 years in cricket history to the lead up to England’s 1968 tour of South Africa and what it meant for South African born Basil D’Oliveira whose cricket career was severely impacted under apartheid.

Almanac Cricket: The Langer Era Begins

The Justin Langer coaching reign begins tonight, with an ODI against England. And it’s on free-to-air TV! What do you make of it all? How do you feel about Tim Paine’s men? How do you rate their chances? Share your thoughts as you watch tonight.

Almanac Cricket: Jake Reed – “Training with a purpose”

Jake Reed’s cricketing journey is one of dedication and perseverance – Gil Roseby takes us into what makes Jake tick

The Spirit of Cricket

‘For a long time, I’ve been wondering about the ‘Spirit of Cricket’. We sometimes think of cricket as having two components, its Laws and its Spirit, something like a person having a body as well as a soul.’

Almanac Cricket: A common sense guide to sledging

Craig Dodson considers sledging in cricket after recent incidents and recalls his own experiences playing the game. Here he has put together some guidelines for what he thinks is appropriate on the pitch.

Almanac Cricket: The Real 2017 Men’s Team of the Year

Dave Brown says, ‘Picking a “best of” team in cricket is great fun – particularly if you like disappointing everyone. But if you can’t disappoint everyone every now and again what, precisely, is the point of living?’
So here are his picks based on the numbers – what do you think?

The Ten Commandments for average cricketers

His children having caught the cricket bug, Craig Dodson draws upon years of experience to dispense some wise advice on cricket, dating and life in general

If The Fonz were a cricketer

What if the Fonz played cricket? What type of deliveries would Cosmo Kramer bowl? And would Bill Murray continually be dismissed in the 90’s? Some whimsical musings from Punxsutawney Pete (of course, with a reference to Punxsutawney Pete)

Cricket: saddled with inefficiencies

Pete Zitterschlager has had a gutful of cricket’s inefficiencies and wastefulness. He’s here to change that.

How to win in India the “Hi-Tech” way

Cricketing tours of India are well known for oppressive conditions and terrible pitches. Not to worry though, Peter Zitterschlager has the solution.

The death and births of ODIs

As T20 cricket continues to eclipse its 50-over cousin, Crankypete fondly remembers the first birth of ODI cricket.

Australia’s All-Rounder Obsession: The alternative options

The number six spot in the Australian Test side has undergone plenty of change. Scana weighs into the debate with a few alternative options for the position.

BBL06 – The Other Elephant In The Room

Kent Winzer follows Thursday’s BBL clash between the Renegades and Hobart, as the Hurricanes, thanks to a record-breaking century from Ben McDermott, win it at the death.

Australia’s batsmen can and must bowl

Peter Clark has an ingenious solution for Australia’s bowlers in the upcoming Tests in India. What are your thoughts?