The Ashes 2013: Manchester Memories

From the vault: Smokie Dawson and six mates were grateful their wives gave them such an extraordinarily long leash so they could attend the Manchester Test in 2013. They just had to be careful they didn’t hang themselves with it.

The Ashes 1989 – Fourth Test scrapbook

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

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test: Live At Leeds

Smokie Dawson was privileged to be live at Leeds to witness the greatness of Ben Stokes – an innings that primarily added to the drama of the Third Ashes test, but also deserves its place in larger folklore to come.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test, Day 4: Humans, if

Well. Headingley. Heraclitus of Ephesus said that we enter the river as one person and leave it as another. David Wilson sees Day 4 as a celebration of human fallibility.

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.

Almanac Cricket: Ashes 2017/18 – A Holiday Cricket Report by Hugo Birrell

Hugo Birrell has compiled a comprehensive review of each triumphant Ashes test this summer.

Australia v England ODIs – MCG: In the Shadow of the BBL

Jack Banister ponders the future of ODIs against our love of epic tests and the shiny new toy that is BBL.

The Ashes – 5th Test: Aussies Dominate and Destroy England

Malcolm Ashwood reviews the 5th Test and the series, plus asks who do you have in your squad for the Test series in South Africa?

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: The Rivalry of the Century

Anna Pavlou gets her first look at Ashes cricket, from the MCC Members of all places. With a trip to the MCC Library included, she’s off to a great start! (Sounds like the perfect day to me, Anna – great stuff – ED)

The Ashes 2017/18 – Fourth Test, the MCG: Call For Writers

Calling all writers to help us cover the Boxing Day Ashes Test from the MCG! We’ll also be having some beers on the fourth day…

The Ashes 2017/18 – Third Test, the WACA: Call For Writers

We’re looking for writers to help us cover the third Ashes Test in Perth, which will be the final Test at the WACA. Let us know in the comments

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 3: On attitude, application and a swinging ball

Citrus Bob reports on an absorbing Day 3 – with England well behind on first innings, yet enjoying the night-time swinging scene of Adelaide.

The Ashes – First Test, Day 5: Aussies Ease to Victory, But the Fire for the Urn Burns

And so it came to pass that Australia romped home by 10 wickets. But don’t worry – Callum O’Connor can see plenty to look forward to in this Ashes series.

The Ashes – First Test, Day 1: Farm Animals

Jack Banister reflects on the performance of the English on day one of the Ashes, where the touring side showed they might have more goats than bunnies in their batting line-up.

Almanac Teams: The ultimate Gabba Ashes performers

Not so much a funny team as two extraordinary ones as Dave Brown picks two XIs based upon outstanding one-off performances at the Gabba

Almanac Cricket: Picking Australia’s Best Ashes XI

Daniel Saunders selects his Australian XI for the 1st Test. Do you agree with him?
Add your team in the comments.

Almanac Cricket: Regaining the Ashes

Brendan McArdle has been following the England v South Africa Test series closely and sees an English team that looks set to struggle in this Summer’s Ashes series.

Answers to the pre-Ashes quiz

Yesterday’s sad news of John Clarke’s passing has made us look through the files to find this Smokie classic inspired by Clarke’s old Saturday Age quiz.
All players will be required to answer a simple multiple choice questionnaire before the Ashes? It is therefore fortuitous for the players (especially Watto) that the answers to this quiz have been slid under the door at the offices of the Footy Almanac.

Almanac Nudity: “We’ve Got a Freaker!” (from The Guardian)

Tomorrow will mark 41 years since English Test cricket’s first streaker, an incident remembered John Ashdown in The Guardian.

On Clarke, Sport and Family.

Tonight, Michael Clarke plays his final Test Match. In this touching reflection on family, Josh Pinn reflects on how sporting events can be markers in one’s life, and of how a discussion about Clarke helped he and his brother in a difficult time.