Almanac Olympic Life: Why it’s not weak to walk away

Attitudes change. Understandings change. Awareness changes. Ron Reed champions the idea that we must understand that walking away is not a sign of weakness.

Almanac Cricket: Wake up Australia and play the game!

Citrus Bob Utber’s exasperations with Australian cricket continue after watching the feeble effort of the Aussies in their T20 match against New Zealand.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Hadi Ehtsham: The BBL Melbourne Derby

Parade College Grade 9 student Hadi Ehtsham tells the tale of going to watch the Melbourne Stars play the Renegades in a derby over the 2019/20 season. Watching Glenn Maxwell blast his team to victory, Hadi’s joy is difficult to contain.

Almanac Teams: So who would the Aussie Nickname XI play against? A World XI of course!

Here’s the much anticipated ODI opposition for the Australian men with mighty nicknames, the World XI!

Almanac Cricket – Why Moises Henriques may be an Ashes smokey

Moises Henriques for the 2019 Ashes Squad? Dan thinks he’s a chance, what do you think?

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 and Footy: So, your team are cheats – Advice from a Bombers Fan

Bomber fan, Andrew offers some friendly advice to consider if your team has been caught cheating.

Australia v England – T20: Hobart’s barmy army hails Glenn Maxwell at Blundstone Arena

It was a perfect summer’s night in Hobart and Glenn Maxwell put on a show for all those who turned up at the beautiful Blundstone Arena at Bellerive

Almanac Cricket – Selection policy

This cartoon from David Wilson suggests something about Australian cricket team selection.

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.

Almanac Cricket – ICC Champions Trophy: One of Cricket’s Best-kept Secrets

Brendan McArdle takes an in-depth look at Australia’s team ahead of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Have the selectors given Steve Smith the right team for the tournament?

India v Australia, Dharamsala Test, Day 2: Play with the crowd at your peril

Pat White is enjoying the Dharamasala Test match in India but also distractedly thinking about home and family in North Queensland where Cyclone Debbie is threatening.

India v Australia, Ranchi Test: Celebrate the struggle

Ahh, India. David Wilson sees this tremendous India v Australia Test series as a reminder to celebrate the struggle.

India v Australia – Ranchi Test: Bully the Bully

The Indian cricket fandom have taken to social media to attack Steve Smith over images that appeared to show him mocking Kohli. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case but that hasn’t stopped social media going into a storm with the #bullythebully hashtag.

India v Australia – Ranchi Test, Day 1: Maxwell! Glenn Maxwell!

A fascinating first day’s cricket at Ranchi reviewed by Paddy Grindlay as the skipper and an unusually compact ‘Big Show’ save the innings

Nobody Can Bowl

Rob Bath argues that cricket is now totally a batsman’s game, with everything stacked in the favour of those wielding the willow. Nobody can bowl….

Glenn Maxwell: remixing batting

“Can we change the way we judge what is ‘proper batting’? Can we say that a Maxwell dismissal is not anymore ugly than a defensive prod edged to the ‘keeper? Maybe WE need to adapt,” writes Brutas Mudcake in this piece about how we relate to Glenn Maxwell’s approach to batting. [This is a seriously thoughtful piece – JTH]

2015 ICC World Cup – Australia vs. Sri Lanka: Audio Review

Australia accounted for Sri Lanka with relative ease at the SCG on Sunday. Keiran Deck summarises the game, as well throwing his two-bob’s worth on the ‘bat-is-greater-than-ball’ thinking that dominates both short-form games.

Crio’s Question: More sizzle than sausage?

Remember those sportspeople whose strut, clothing, hairstyle or attitude set them apart? But whose performances on the field were not so… exceptional? Crio wonders whether Glenn Maxwell is merely the latest in a long line.

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 3: Generation X Factor?

Joe Moore is scratching is head over the selection of this Australian team. X-factor? Technique? Temperament?