Australia v India – First Test, Day 3: Game over? Come on!

Citrus Bob Utber has been watching Test cricket for 70 years and he reckons he’s never seen anything like Day 3 of the First Test in Adelaide.

Almanac Cricket: Blue sky cricket thinking

Bernard Whimpress isn’t a big fan of some of the ‘blue sky thinking’ that surrounds the Australian test squad.

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield Round 2: Are we any the wiser?

Round 2 of the Sheffield Shield season did little to clarify Australia’s First Test team. Based on results so far, Ian Hauser takes a stab at a possible line-up for the Gabba next month.

Almanac Cricket – A comeback for the Sheffield Shield?

What did we learn from the first Round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield competition last weekend? Ian Hauser found that it left him with more questions than answers.

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?

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 2: A smorgasbord!

Citrus Bob is treated to a smorgasbord of brilliant food, and a smorgasbord of runs by the Aussies as he reports on all the action of day 2 at Manuka.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 1: Aussie ton drought breaks

After early wobbles, Australia’s batsmen rediscovered the art of Test century-making. Citrus Bob Utber was on the spot to report.

Australia v Sri Lanka, First Test – Day 1: Australia in another league

Citrus Bob watching the Test in comfort at home with the weather temperature outside a mild 46 degrees is glad he took this option. From what he has seen in the first day’s play the “ordinary” Australian team is miles ahead of their opposition as he reports.


Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield final: A great sight for cricket

This is what we came to see: Queensland win the Shield, and cricket played the way it’s meant to be played, competitive and well fought but with integrity and no unnecessary silly garbage . Liam presents his report of the game.

Australia’s All-Rounder Obsession: The alternative options

The number six spot in the Australian Test side has undergone plenty of change. Scana weighs into the debate with a few alternative options for the position.

Australia v West Indies – MCG Test, Day 1: The new boys consolidate

Citrus Bob Utber looks for interesting asides in enlivening his report of the first day’s play at the MCG. He discusses Windies Tests of long ago, the MCC carpet and failed punting exploits, while describing two consolidating centuries from Joe Burns and Ussie Khawaja.

Answers to the Aus v NZ 2nd Test Quiz

The WACA Test was a puzzling affair. But Jeff Dowsing has found all the answers.

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 3: Murder on Vulture Street

Citrus Bob Utber witnesses 424 runs in a day; a record at the Gabba.

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 3: We Were Saying ‘Boo-urns’

Kane Williamson ensured that whichever Almanacker is reporting on Day Four will have something to do – but it was an all Aussie day otherwise.

Almanac Cricket – Australia A: Who’s knocking on the selectors’ doors?

With the Ashes behind us, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson on their test careers, Crio ponders what the next generation Australian Test side could look like, after the recent Australian A tour to India

SCG Test, Australia v India – Day Four: Wee Joe Burns Day

For Bob Utber, the SCG Test is all set for a thrilling final conclusion – if the competitors want to come to the party, that is. Meanwhile, there was plenty happening on a great fourth day as Bob’s latest report shows…

MCG Test, Australia v India – Day Four: No Train Ride to Glenrowan

Bob Utber officially moves from [possible] Grumpy Old Man to ‘Mover and Shaker’, as Cricket Australia’s powerbrokers echo his calls for Victorian Cricket to lift its game [L.I.G]

MCG Test, Australia v India – Day One: Should I Have Stayed in Bed?

Tom Martin, who knows a fair bit about the bat and ball, and his wife fly to Melbourne for their first Boxing Day at the MCG. Here’s how the Martins’ day panned out. And how the Australians’ and Indians’ days did as well.

[Tom has one of the forewords in this year’s Footy Almanac. A reflection on the idea of the cult hero as personified by Matt Spangher. Ed]

MCG Test, Australia v India – Day One: Batsmen, Not ‘Batters’

Bob Utber’s summer of cricket continues as he settles in at the Temple Down the Road for day one of the traditional Boxing Day Test.