The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: The Lord’s blog

Australia come to Lord’s full of confidence. England must regroup. What are your thoughts, Almanackers? Have your say on the blog.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 2: Swings, tension and everything good about test match cricket

As the rain continues to exert a major influence on proceedings at Lords, Sean Mortell recalls the fluctuations of a scheduled Day Two that actually became Day One in playing terms.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Five days of glorious madness

A ripping ‘Boys on Tour’ yarn from the self-depracating Kieran Fernandez as he and his posse lob at the Edgbaston Test. [I feel hungover just reading this – JTH]

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.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: A sudden end, a lack of fight.

Clinging to their wickets does not seem to be the aggressive Englishmen’s forte writes Sean Mortell who also thinks that this Ashes might offer a vert tight contest.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: The Edgbaston blog

Check out what our readers have to say and add your observations on the Edgbaston Test.

Ashes 2009 – First Test Day 3: Australians bat on, and on

Back in 2009 the first Ashes test was played in Cardiff. Peter Flynn reported on a strong Australian batting effort on Day 3, whilst contemplating which watering hole the Boonies might choose.

The Ashes 2019: Call for writers

It all begins tomorrow night. With much uncertainty about both teams, this is a series where anything might happen. We’ll be doing our best to cover the 2019 Ashes, and would love it if you want to contribute.

Ashes 2009 – First Test Day 2: The Australians fight back

The First Test of the 2009 Ashes series was played at Cardiff. Day one saw England bat impressively. John Harms took up the action on Day two.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v South Africa: Old rivals still go hard

Before Australia’s World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight, Sean Mortell reviews their last game against South Africa and details what may change for tonight’s line-up

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh: Slowly coming together

Sean Mortell reviews another steady Australian win, as he is satisfied that the team’s balance is slowly improving throughout the tournament

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Sri Lanka: Not pretty, but it does the trick

Australia continued their World Cup campaign with another imperfect win against Sri Lanka, as Sean Mortell details the problems the Aussies need to fix if they are to go deep into the tournament

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v India: Simply out-classed

Australia faced their first set back in the 2019 Cricket World Cup against India last Sunday night. Sean Mortell wonders whether it was a necessary reality check.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Afghanistan: A nerve-settling start

As Australia looks to its game against the West Indies, Sean Mortell reviews their opening win over Afghanistan.

Winter cricket

The old cricketers’ winter-only fitness-maintaining pastime of footy has morphed into the season-defying juggernaut that is the AFL, but as John Gascoigne shares, it’s far from a one-way process, with winter cricket more popular than ever before.

Book Review – Golden Boy by Christian Ryan: When dreams come true

To mark the occasion of Christian Ryan’s ‘Golden Boy’ being declared Wisden’s best-ever cricket book, Les Everett reprises his insightful review of that book. (Kim Hughes was someone Les had personal experience of – Ed).

The ‘Mankad’: conduct unbecoming?

What a lousy way to be dismissed! Ravi Ashwin “Mankads” Jos Buttler in IPL overshadowing Steve Smith’s return to international cricket. What do you think of Ashwin’s actions? [This new discussion is followed by Dave Brown’s piece on the issue from 2016 – Ed)

My blue tranny and “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and beer”

Here’s a story from a few years ago. Col reflects upon the impact of a small blue tranny during a period of change in his formative years in the 60s.

Almanac Cricket: More than just a game

Cricket is a vast, rich cultural experience that needs to be savoured from very early in the day, long before the first ball is bowled, argues AlisonS.

Almanac Cricket – Interview with Jason Sangha

Following Jason Sangha’s thrilling burst onto the Australian domestic cricket scene, Sean Mortell asked the former Australian Under-19 captain and current New South Wales player what it was like to break through and begin to make a name for himself in the cricketing world.