Evading Father Time: Kade Simpson and Jimmy Anderson

Shane Thomas reflects on the sense of comfort in this trying time, borne of watching two sporting greats who continue to duck and weave around the grips of Father Time: Jimmy Anderson and Kade Simpson.

Almanac Cricket: England v West Indies – First Test Review

Luke Reynolds is pleased Test cricket is back and reviews the 1st Test between England and the West Indies at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The rain delay provoked some powerful and confronting TV discussion about Black Lives Matter from Michael Holding striking a chord with Luke.

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?

Almanac Cricket: A whiff of bedlam – Ashes’ Smoke to Fire of the Proteas

Dan Tooms advises (some) caution in assessing the Australian performance across the Ashes series – especially after watching the First Test from South Africa. [Note: links are working now – Ed]

The Ashes: Citrus Bob Sums Up The Ashes

After bringing us the action all summer, Citrus Bob wraps up The Ashes of 2017/18. With player rankings and a look towards South Africa tour. [Thank you Citrus Bob for your tremendous Test cricket coverage – Ed].

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Cook’s Class and Stevie’s Stumbles

Alex Docherty doesn’t usually do cricket. But he went yesterday and watched from the MCC members, only to be disappointed with the Australian performance.

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 3: Nothing ever happens in Adelaide on a Monday

Dave Brown hails the return of Jimmy Anderson and the Ashes contest on an anything but typical Adelaide Monday night

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 3: On attitude, application and a swinging ball

Citrus Bob reports on an absorbing Day 3 – with England well behind on first innings, yet enjoying the night-time swinging scene of Adelaide.

Almanac Cricket – Test Team of the Year: Did the ICC get it right?

Twitter is angry but Dave Brown examines the numbers for the ICC Test Team of the Year

The Ashes 2015 – Third Test, Day 1: Swing, 1997, Mr Anderson; the consolations of Hegel

Heavy skies over Edgbaston. Despite heroic CJL Rogers simplicity, it is Mr Anderson and England who steal this cricketing day. Amid the ruinous sporting landscape, DJ Wilson seeks (and finds) the consolation of philosophy. [Hegel is a handy team member, ER – JTH]

The Ashes – Second Test wrap: England Cooked: Bell’s Lyth hangs in the Ballance

A considered reflection on the second Ashes Test from ‘Cricket Froth’ – Pat White. While England has some selection issues facing them as the series moves to Edgbaston, rest assured she’ll be a pretty hot third test.

The Ashes 2015 – Second Test: 10 Things I have learnt from Lord’s and London

It’s one-all in the battle for the Ashes, following a masterful display by Australia at the Home of Cricket. Here’s what Citrus Bob Utber learned from the second Test.

The Ashes 2015 – Second Test Preview: There are spies everywhere

Citrus Bob Utber went to the Lord’s pre-Test press conference. Here’s his view of proceedings and of the phenomenon generally. [Nice observations Citrus Bib – Ed]

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day 2: Moving Day: Shane Watson versus England (and the Australian public)

Cricket Froth believes day three at Sophia Gardens is a genuine moment of truth for Shane Watson.

Ashes Review: Over no. 78 and the Seinfeld moment – how an over of nothing told us everything about the series.

Perceptive analysis from Sean Curtain who analyses the over in which England did less than nothing, thereby symbolising their five test ‘effort’.