Almanac Cricket: Black Caps can teach us a lot

Bob Utber was delighted to sit up half the night watching a great contest of cricket with a wonderful win by NZ over India in their ICC World Cricket Championship match in the UK.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v New Zealand: A hard-fought, well deserved win

‘World Cup clashes with the little cousin are always special.’ There were great expectations as the 2015 finalists confronted each other at Lord’s on Saturday. Sean Mortell tells us the story.

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

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 2: When the going gets tough, Australia gets lucky

John Butler suggests that indiscreet batting was the major contributor to the fall of wickets on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.

Australia v New Zealand – WACA Test, Day 3: Hope

How do we value anything? David Wilson on WACA Day 3, Paris, hope and acceptance. Our behaviour remains predictably irrational.

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 4: Letting it all hang out

Wayne Ball contemplates the advantages of a new job, while taking in an absorbing contest from Brisbane. “While Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke did a reasonable job of hiding their emotions when things didn’t quite go their own way, Steve Smith lets it all hang out.”

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 4: Dispatch from (not so) Sunny Brisbane

Brin Paulsen emerges from a nest overrun with Kiwis, into a steamy Day 4 of rain-interrupted Test match cricket. Is the Australian side switched on? How good is this K Williamson?

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.

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 2: Beach Cricket, Olympics & Bondi

Luke Reynolds on one of the most tumultuous days in cricket history. Really.

Blackcaps for Boxing Day

Looking ahead to next summer’s cricket fixturing, Pomborneit CC’s finest – Luke Reynolds – presents the case for the Windies to be relegated to support act, and for the Kiwis to be promoted to the big stage on Boxing Day.