Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test – Performance reflective of the ’06 glory days.

With a dominant innings defeat of Pakistan in the books, in this current side Sean Mortell saw some glimmers of the most recent golden era of Australian cricket under the leadership of Ricky Ponting.

Almanac Cricket History – 1956: First Pakistan v Australia Test Match: history repeating itself or sheer coincidence?

A search through history of today’s date, 17th October, demonstrates the sometimes unusual intersection of different forms of the same experience across the centuries. Here’s one we discovered. (Put on your tangential thinking cap! – Ed.)

Almanac Cricket – Marsh Sheffield Shield 2019-20 Season Starts Today

The domestic cricket first class season gets underway today with Round 1 of the Marsh Sheffield Shield competition featuring all six States in action. Familiarise yourself with the season’s Shield and Test match schedules.

The death and births of ODIs

As T20 cricket continues to eclipse its 50-over cousin, Crankypete fondly remembers the first birth of ODI cricket.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 1: Smith superb, Pakistan, er, not

Confessed cricket purist Paddy Grindlay isn’t too keen on day/night cricket, but Steve Smith’s batting is another story.

Almanac Reading – Pakistan’s national baseball team arrives, improbably, in Brooklyn

As Martin Flanagan contends: Sport has the power to illuminate aspects of our society and our social past that otherwise remain hidden. That is probably the case in this piece from “The New Yorker” last month on the Pakistan national baseball team.

The Way Forward For Test Cricket

Callum O’Connor thinks through the Test cricket woes. He has some suggestions.

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 4: Broken

David Wilson took the time and interest to review Australia’s “efforts” on Day 4 of the Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Much more interest than the players really.

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 2: Younis Piles on the Aussie Pain

Raj reports on a difficult Day 2 as Younis (Younus?) Khan again puts on a clinic of slow pitch batting and concentration. Where are the wrist-spinners?

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 1: Younis, Younis, Younus?

Luke Reynolds tells the story of Sheikh Zayed Stadium (“more Football Park than Adelaide Oval”) on Day 1. Ideas and attempts were many, but so were Pakistan’s runs.

Second Test, Pakistan v Australia (Abu Dhabi) – Day 1: Same old, same old

Rulebook reports on a bleak Day 1 from Abu Dhabi (and takes the chance to get a few things off his chest).

Australian T20 player ratings

Luke Reynolds provides his player ratings for Australia’s three-match T20 series against Pakistan in Dubai as well as Australia’s games in the T20 World cup in Sri Lanka.

Cricket: UAE tour review

For those immersed in the footy news, our cricket aficionado, Luke Reynolds, provides results, analysis and player ratings from Australia’s one-day games against Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mohammad Shahzad: My man

Slap! Reverse sweep for six! Simply … wow. Saeed Ajmal’s bemused look says it all – who is Mohammad Shahzad? I’ve made it to my Nepali friend’s little Afghan house in the heart of Kabul just in time. Shahzad has played one of the greatest cricket shots I’ve ever seen; authoritative, brash, powerful. The reverse sweep [Read more]