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 Teams: Best Australian Nickname XI (ODI)

Here is an Australian XI made up of nicknames (the nicknames cannot include any element of the player’s name).

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 Cricket – Gabba Test XI: the greatest performance in the greatest match

Dave Brown kicks off the Test season by selecting his best XIs for both Australia and Pakistan, based on performances at the ‘Gabba.

Balcony Banter – Round 18 Geelong v Hawthorn: Puppy Love

MCC member and die-hard Hawk Grant Fraser took in Liam Shiel’s 200th game at the ‘G’ and was happy to see Hawthorn’s win over the Cats. Are the Hawks still a chance for the finals?

Almanac Cricket: More than just a game

Cricket is a vast, rich cultural experience that needs to be savoured from very early in the day, long before the first ball is bowled, argues AlisonS.

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.

Australia v India Test series: Clouds and silver linings

If this summer’s Test cricket looks a bit grim, things could always be worse… but also better at the same time. Dave Brown looks at Australian men’s teams in transition over the decades.

Almanac Cricket: Ducks, bees and the whole damn thing

Umpire John Gascoigne starts the summer with a new employer, but cricket’s charm remains.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS: What We Deserve

With one round remaining in C Section, Williamstown CYMS will play Fitzroy on Saturday week for the right to ascend to B Grade. Who “deserves” it? Who “deserves” anything?

A new kids’ book, inspired by #sandpapergate

As with any parent onto their 1000th read of their kid’s favourite book, Andrew Else decided, “I reckon I can do better”. He hopes all this cheating business hasn’t turned him sour…as he pens his thoughts in verse.

Almanac Teams: The ultimate Adelaide Oval Ashes performers

Dave Brown lines up the best Ashes performances at Adelaide Oval. Who knew England had so many left arm finger spinners? And what is the correct number of Arthurs for an Australian team?

Almanac Cricket – The best and worst* at the Gabba

In the lead up to the Gabba Test, Dave Brown looks at some of Australia’s good and not so good performers at the venue

Almanac Cricket: Disarray by design

John Butler feels that Australian Cricket’s foundations aren’t what they once were, this summer needs to regain a sense of balance.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, pre-game: Agile, innovative, creative selection

Alright Australian squad – acknowledge your luck, look after each other and have a crack. That’s David Wilson’s message to the unrecognisables. And their teammates. What a time to be alive.

Almanac Cricket: What do you make of the Brett Geeves article?

Brett Geeves has had a bit to say about the culture of the Australian cricket side. Your thoughts?

When the Universe delivers: a tale of two cricketers

Tess Pryor says the Universe has spoken. Just when it needed to. The story of B. McCullum and M. Clarke. [Liking the gentle sledge – Ed]

Beyond Bradmania

DG Bradman’s first game for St George in November 1926 is the dawn of modern cricket history according to “Cranky” Pete Warrington. But let’s not discount those who came came before The Don. Cricket’s “Golden Age” needs to be remembered.

Answers to the Aus v NZ 3rd Test Quiz

Wondering what to do with the spare couple of days now that the Pink Ball Test is over? Here’s Jeff Dowsing’s quiz answers.

On Clarke, Sport and Family.

Tonight, Michael Clarke plays his final Test Match. In this touching reflection on family, Josh Pinn reflects on how sporting events can be markers in one’s life, and of how a discussion about Clarke helped he and his brother in a difficult time.