Almanac Cricket: Captain Pat gets it right again

As usual, there was a lot to like about the Test skipper’s performance when the waters got choppy, writes RON REED.

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.

Almanac Cricket: Regaining the Ashes

Brendan McArdle has been following the England v South Africa Test series closely and sees an English team that looks set to struggle in this Summer’s Ashes series.

Retirement of Mitchell Johnson

Share your thoughts and impressions of Mitchell Johnson, who has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

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?

Hazlewood, not Lee… Selectors. Media. Groupthink. Ageism.

CrankyPete wants to know your ideal selection for the Australian bowling attack. He’s gotten the ball rolling with a BIG call…

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, Day 3: Marsh makes it Australia’s day

The Australians worked away at the English resistance and Mitch Marsh did exactly what he was picked to do. Citrus Bob Utber reports from Lord’s.

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day 1: No more pasties, plenty of pies

The Welsh served their pasties, the Australians bowled pies. Citrus Bob Utber got a taste of all of it.

The Ashes 2015 – First Test: N’yuck! N’yuck! N’yuck!

JTH is slapping himself about the face on this one. Here he argues that Watto must play, and that the boy from Ipswich is, by nature, a bowler.

Almanac Cricket – Fractious Divisions: Selecting the First Ashes Test XI

The 2015 Ashes series kicks off in Cardiff in just under three weeks time. Following a rout of the Windies in the Caribbean, the make up of our Ashes side presents selectors with some healthy dilemmas. Our good friend Cricket Froth selects his test XI.

Australia in West Indies 2015 and what to do about England: Wonderland

So many stories… with the Australians conquering the Windies, we look on towards the looming Ashes series – but who of the current squad will only look on?

2015 ICC world Cup: “Two Drunks Walk Onto a pitch…”

Amidst the Kiwi’s huge sigh of relief and the Australians left to ponder what could have been after Saturday’s cracking ICC World Cup match at Eden Park, John Butler argues that there’s little to come out of this match that would have the South African’s or the Indian losing much sleep.

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Three : The Generation Gap

Bob Utber lays claim to being the Almanac’s official ‘Grumpy Old Man’. Why is the Big Bash attracting 30,000 people to the Adelaide Oval, while just 9,000 people turn up to a day’s Test cricket at the Gabba?

In the line of fire?

An impassioned plea from Dave Brown for the short-pitched delivery to remain an integral part of Test Cricket

First Test, Pakistan v Australia (Dubai) – Day 1: Daal biryani

E. Regnans conversational report on Day1 of the First Test.

First Test: Day 4 – Carnage

E. Regnans records a Roddy-Doyle-like conversation which records the blood-on-the-wicket final day of the Centurion Test which Australia win comfortably without Watto.

Sydney Test – Day 3: Travelling well

John Harms wins the fight for the car radio and considers the Ashes summer as it comes to its end.

2013 End of Year Sale and Gift List

Is it better to give than receive? Tony Robb gives AFL powerbrokers, horse trainers, media ‘celebrities’ and the old enemies an extra big serve of Christmas comeuppance. With Santa best wishes to Kate, Carlton and Christian charity.


Peter Baulderstone mixes his biblical metaphors to praise our saviour St Mitchell. A poetic tribute to a prodigal son returned. The crooked made straight? The scales lifted from our eyes? Praise be to him.