Almanac Cricket: The Real 2017 Men’s Team of the Year

Dave Brown says, ‘Picking a “best of” team in cricket is great fun – particularly if you like disappointing everyone. But if you can’t disappoint everyone every now and again what, precisely, is the point of living?’
So here are his picks based on the numbers – what do you think?

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 3: Belief?

After a long day in the field, Smokie wonders whether the Australian players truly believe they can win

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 3: Chairs, umbrellas and delicates who don the cap

On a hot day when the bowlers were under pressure, drinks break was illustrative. The Australians laboured; the Proteas carved. The Australians will do well to save this Test. Citrus Bob Utber wipes the sweat from his brow.