Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield season cancelled: NSW awarded the title

The remainder of the Sheffield Shield season has been cancelled and NSW has been awarded the title. What are your thoughts on these actions? Check out the official Team of the Year and tell us what you think.

Has the Big Bash lost its bash?

Grumpy Old Man Citrus Bob Utber is not happy! Why? The Big Bash of course! Check out his story.

Almanac Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Derby Day Preview – Just a bit Peeved Off

Derby Day Saturday, and once again Sal casts his learned eye over the fields to predict winners for the Almanac punters.

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Revisiting a cricket rant from Feb, 2011 – has anything changed?

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Citrus Bob on cricket’s new media landscape

Citrus Bob Utber considers the new cricket broadcasting pond and has his say on a team of commentators. Who’s in Bob’s commentary team? And who’s out?

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.’

Raving Rulebook 16

Raving Rulebook has plenty to rave about this week as he gives his take on the ball tampering scandal and the state of cricket.

The Ashes – Third Test, Day 1: Black swans at the WACA

David Wilson imagines an interview with a consultant to Cricket Australia…

Ashes Preview: Ashes Before the Fire?

Test cricket is back, and even if, according to John Butler, two mediocre teams face off in a contest always laden with historic baggage, it is still important to the psyche of both nations. The end result will have huge consequence to the careers of many, both on and off the field reports John.

Bangladesh v Australia – 1st Test, Day 1: More Subcontinental Blues For Warner

Luke Reynolds reports on an engrossing first day of the Bangladesh v Australia Test in Mirpur.

Cricket Australia has lost its delegation

Wayne Ball offers a probing delivery (pitching middle and off and going away), on the current dispute between Cricket Australia and the players. Who does the Cricket Australia executive speak for?

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.

Almanac Cricket: Making sense of a second SCG Test

Dave Brown analyses the Sydney push for a second SCG Test.

Almanac Cricket: 2016 Mullagh-Wills Oration

John Holmes was one of the guests at the recent Mullagh-Wills Oration at the MCG. He reflects on what was an excellent event.

Almanac Cricket: Disarray by design

John Butler feels that Australian Cricket’s foundations aren’t what they once were, this summer needs to regain a sense of balance.

Cricket and Politics

Middle Australia is perplexed about Warnie being touted as a potential Australian coach.