Australia v India – Second Test Day 1: A day for Deano at the ‘G.

Citrus Bob Utber presents his review of the first day’s play of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India including the fitting tribute paid to Dean Jones during the tea break.

Almanac Poetry: Deano

Steve Cotter, from the Clifton Hill CC, pays tribute to Dean Jones. Thanks to Steve’s teammate Andrew ‘Gigs’ Gigacz for alerting us to this poem.

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: Keep Smiling, Dean Jones by Jarrod Kimber

Jarrod Kimber reflects on the influence of Dean Jones on his life. It’s a love story as well as a warts and all homily to the cricketing genius who provoked such strong responses over several decades. (Raw, gutsy and achingly beautiful – Ed.)

Almanac Poetry: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ – for Deano and Max

Dylan Thomas says we should fight, rage and ‘do not go gentle’ when facing death. Sometimes we have no choice.

Almanac (Holiday Cricket) Poetry: Deano and the endless summer

E. regnans remembers summers at the beach when Dean Jones was in his prime. R.I.P. Deano.

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: Dean Jones – my cricket hero.

Luke Reynolds opens his scrapbook and pays tribute to his childhood cricketing hero, Dean Jones. [This is an expression of genuine affection and sadness. Thanks Luke. – JTH]

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: Dean Jones – remembering a showman who laid the platform.

With the death of Dean Jones, Sean Mortell remembers a great Australian cricketer renowned for his dash as a batsman, and passion for the game of cricket.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: RIP Dean Jones – the player we wanted to be

Cricket lovers everywhere have been shocked by the untimely death of cricketing legend Dean Jones. Andrew Else remembers a much loved cricketer.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s preview and tips for Moonee Valley and Caulfield

Sal Ciardulli presents his preview and tips for this weekend’s racing at Moonee Valley and Caulfield.

Almanac Life: Education In Isolation

Parent of young kids, Luke Reynolds has come up with a cracker curriculum in these times of home schooling! [A deadset Almanac classic – Ed]

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.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: Oval-teamie, The Oval Australian Test XI

Dave Brown has selected an Australian Test X1 based upon their performances playing at The Oval.

The Ashes 1989 – Third Test scrapbook

ER has dug into his scrapbook once again and presents his record of the Third Test played at Edgbaston during the 1989 Ashes Test series.

Almanac Cricket: an Enigmatic Eleven – a team of puzzles trying to find a common solution

A long rain break at the Gabba yesterday gave father and son time to pick an Australian team of enigmas. There were many names from which to choose.

Almanac Cricket – The best and worst* at the Gabba

In the lead up to the Gabba Test, Dave Brown looks at some of Australia’s good and not so good performers at the venue

Blind, Deaf and Clueless. Not Out, Hit Wicket

Resident Cricket Umpire Phil Hill brings to light the nuances of Law 27 Appeals and how it relates to a Hit Wicket decision.

Almanac Cricket: An Australian WACA XI

Dave Brown looks at the numbers, and some other things, to pick an Australian XI for the WACA test