What is better for captaincy: confidence or arrogance? Or a bit of both?

Whiling his time away in the Arctic, Richard Marlow read Eddie Jones’ autobiography and contemplated the qualities of the various Australian cricket captains of the past 60 years. See if you agree with his appraisals.

On This Day – January 23rd

Where’s the cricket? What’s January without Test cricket or at least an international ODI series? To compensate for this programming disaster, today’s “On This Day” series provides a cricket focus – with a few other bits thrown in.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.