What is better for captaincy: confidence or arrogance? Or a bit of both?

Whiling his time away in the Arctic, Richard Marlow read Eddie Jones’ autobiography and contemplated the qualities of the various Australian cricket captains of the past 60 years. See if you agree with his appraisals.

Almanac Cricket – (The) Adelaide Oval Test XI: a backhand for (the) Don

Dave Brown continues his excellent series with the ‘Best Australian XI at Adelaide Oval’, both all-time and then solely against Pakistan. For balance, he also includes Pakistan’s best at the same venue.

Almanac History – November 27 is quite a day in the calendar of sport and music

The Almanac takes you down Memory Lane to see what happened in the worlds of cricket and rock music on this date. It’s a journey from bright lights to mayhem.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: an Australian Lord’s XI

Dave Brown searches the records to compile an Australian Test team made up of our best performers at Lord’s. You’ll find one or two surprises here.

Book Review – Golden Boy by Christian Ryan: When dreams come true

To mark the occasion of Christian Ryan’s ‘Golden Boy’ being declared Wisden’s best-ever cricket book, Les Everett reprises his insightful review of that book. (Kim Hughes was someone Les had personal experience of – Ed).

Almanac Cricket: “Golden Boy” is Wisden’s best ever cricket book

Christian Ryan’s Golden Boy: ‘Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket’ has been declared the best cricket book ever written by a Wisden panel. An outstanding achievement. What do you think of the shortlisted books?

Adelaide Oval in the Eighties: Rodney Hogg, Adidas Romes and Mondo Rock

‘Our world was still wonderfully small, and for a few days every summer Adelaide Oval was at its centre.’ Mickey Randall revisits a well spent youth where heaven was a day out at the cricket for the lads from Kapunda.

Almanac (Australian) Cricket: Beset by crisis because the system is spoiled

This is the regression we had to have.  In ironmike20’s life, Australian cricket has suffered three great crises and rebounded.  This crisis is self-inflicted, but a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.  The Aussies have done it before and can do it again a passionate Mike claims.

Wests Juniors Australian Football Club (WJAFC) 90th Anniversary Keynote

Turning 50, Geoff Woolcock has pulled some thoughts together about the significance of local community and junior footy while reflecting upon his long and distinguished footy career.

Almanac Cricket: Five reasons Glenn Maxwell is the Ultimate Park Cricketer

Glenn Maxwell is the guy that’s been overlooked despite producing results, the player that has shown up at training each week only to miss the finals, the player that’s done all they can to get better only to have a friend of a captain brought in to a side to fill in. What do you think?

To the Victor Go the Spoils

Cranky Pete’s ode to the great Victor Trumper.
“He was twice as good, and averaged half as much as, Smith”

O Me Miserum: the genesis and revelations of an offie

[G’day to UQCC readers and thanks to I. Elks for diverting newsletter readers to the footyalmanac website. Hope all is well at St Lucia]

Chris Harms, whose bowling action was highlighted in a recent piece by John Harms, replies to his cousin.

Almanac Cricket – Boxing Day memories: The best Test innings by an Australian (other than Bradman): Kim Hughes v West Indies, Melbourne, 1981/82

James Grapsas is not a straight numbers man. He has a suite of criteria by which he judges innings. Here he lauds the great Kim Hughes’ knock of Boxing Day 1981.

Irvine Club Lunch – Guest Speaker Kim Hughes

Join the Irvine Club for lunch to raise funds for the Lords Taverners.

Kim Hughes Interview

A frank interview with Kim Hughes on Australian cricket in his time, his relationship with Dennis Lillee and others, and an interesting take on Australian masculinity. http://soundcloud.com/off-the-ball/kim-hughes-and-the-bad-old