Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 5: Pessimistic Optimism

Sean Mortell is expectant and more than a little nervous as he takes his position in front of the TV. He sees the Australians put up a super fight but the Indians claim victory.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 4: Same, same but different

Final year high school student Sean Mortell is trying to cope with change – in the commentary box and on the cricket field. This is his Day 4 report of proceedings at the Adelaide Oval which have left Australia with a massive fight on their hands. [Great line about honesty Sean! – Ed]

Cricket memoir: Dips’ finest hour

There has been a number of posts on the site recently about backyard cricket, backyards, and early childhood memories. We reprise a cricket story from 2009 by Dips about his backyard cricketing exploits. Have you a story to tell?

Almanac Cricket – 2nd Test, Pakistan v Australia at Abu Dhabi

Another test in the balance. Catch up on the overnight scores, and leave a comment if you wish.

Almanac Cricket: One big step on a path to redemption

Tim Paine’s men have just delivered a big statement on this country’s cricket culture. As for the pending reviews? John Butler thinks we should all just read The Grade Cricketer.

The #BettyInBronze campaign

David Wilson, great nephew of the Australian Women’s Cricket legend Betty Wilson, gives his thoughts about Bobby Macumber and Angela Pippos’ campaign to have her immortalised in bronze outside the MCG.

The Numbers Game (Part 2)

The musings of Matt Zurbo on the how teams entangle with communities in the smaller towns of Australia.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v England 5th ODI: At least it was competitive

England completed a series whitewash while Australia slept. Is this the series loss after the crisis that Australia had to have?

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).

Almanac Cricket: What is Not Cricket and What is Not Not cricket?

Stab Punt Jim reflects on cricket, the lessons learned as a young boy and how the ethics of the game can be determined through one simple question: ‘Is it cricket?’

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

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

Thinking about cricket

Damien Morgan reflects on life-changing cricket experiences over the years. From the 1975 Ashes to experiencing BBL for the first time in 2017.

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 – Fourth Test, Day 4: Sod It 

In the bowels of the ‘G, people mill about, wearing confused expressions. What is a man or woman to do when his or her day at the cricket is ruined by the glory of Melbourne summer rain? Jack ponders this question as the rain begins to play a part in determining the outcome of the fourth Test.

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

Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

From January 2015: “Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.” The more things change…

Four seasons in the whites

Noel gives us the rundown of his memorable cricket career, which included multiple fielding trophies and plenty of laughs.