The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 1: Celebrating Smith and a history-defining knock

With the First Test now a week away, we reprise Sean Mortell’s review of Steve Smith’s stunning, match-changing innings on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test of the 2019 Ashes series.

Almanac Cricket (Memories): Happy birthday, Peter Siddle!

On his 37th birthday, The Footy Almanac recalls Peter Siddle’s memorable birthday hat-trick in their First Test at the Gabba in 2010.

Australia v New Zealand – Second Test, Day 4: Another masterclass from Australia

Tom Blundell makes a wonderful ton for New Zealand but it’s not enough to stave off defeat as the Aussies handsomely win the Second Test at the MCG reports Citrus Bob Utber.

Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test Day 1: Deuce; a topsy-turvy day of Test cricket

Seam Mortell sums up Australia’s day in the field on Day 1 of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval. Some fine bowling from Mitch Marsh, but some easy chances put down lets the Poms off the hook.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 5: Momentum yo-yos, youth thrills

Sean Mortell reviews Day 5 of the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s, a game the English nearly pinched from the Aussies.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: A sudden end, a lack of fight.

Clinging to their wickets does not seem to be the aggressive Englishmen’s forte writes Sean Mortell who also thinks that this Ashes might offer a vert tight contest.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Days 2 and 3: England surge ahead, but don’t consolidate.

Sean Mortell looks back on Days 2 and 3 of the Edgbaston Test.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka – Second Test from Manuka Oval, Canberra

The second Australia v Sri Lanka Test gets underway this morning in Canberra. We give our take on the lead-up to the match and pose a series of questions. Is that a metaphor for this summer of Australian cricket – there are more questions than answers? At no extra cost, we throw in a bit of Latin.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 5: School’s out for the Aussies!

Citrus Bob reports from a washed out day 5 at the SCG, and in his inimitable schoolmasterly manner appraises the form of the Australian team.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 2: The day the sky fell in

Fellow cricket lovers, you may say god save Virat Kohli but nothing will save Australia. Citrus Bob reports on a disappointing performance from Australia as India takes a stranglehold on day 2 of the Sydney Test.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 1: India continue on their merry way

India are 2 – 1 entering the final Test of what has been a great series and in the long term will be seen as the series that changed the face of cricket for the better. Citrus Bob reports on day 1 from Sydney and asks who you think the top six players of the series have been.

Almanac Cricket: 80 not out and still batting

Bob Utber takes us back to his first Test match when he was a young’un in 1946-47. Yes, he saw Bradman [Unlucky – Ed]. Then Citrus picks a team for the first Test of the Australian summer.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 3: Chairs, umbrellas and delicates who don the cap

On a hot day when the bowlers were under pressure, drinks break was illustrative. The Australians laboured; the Proteas carved. The Australians will do well to save this Test. Citrus Bob Utber wipes the sweat from his brow.

Under siege: could Australia lose four Test series in a row?

On the morning of the First Test at the WACA, Pat White wonders where the Australian Test team is at.

Australia v West Indies – MCG Test, Day 2: When conversation is the highlight

Citrus Bob Utber catches up with David Wilson (E. Regnans) at the MCG, as they observe the Australian dominance.

The Ashes 2015 – Fourth Test preview: Carry on, reform or radicalise: where to for Australia’s batting line-up at Trent Bridge?

The fourth Ashes Test gets underway tonight at Trent Bridge in a must-win match for Australia. After the capitulation at Edgbaston, there’s arguably as much pressure on the selectors as there will be on the Australian XII. Pat White from Cricket Froth analyses a number of scenarios that could spell success or failure for the Baggy Greens.

The Ashes 2015 – Second Test Preview: There are spies everywhere

Citrus Bob Utber went to the Lord’s pre-Test press conference. Here’s his view of proceedings and of the phenomenon generally. [Nice observations Citrus Bib – Ed]

Sidds, the line doesn’t move

Why do fast bowlers lose wickets to front-foot no-balls? It’s completely avoidable, writes Andrew Gaylard.

Third Test – Day 1: The proof is in the fruit-cake

Bernard Whimpress says that the so-called rotation approach where top cricketers are rested de-values Test cricket.

Crio’s Question: When sportsmen are “spent”

Du Plessis cramping and Siddle doubled over may well be the enduring images from the Adelaide Test.There’s something inspiring at seeing a person search for their full potential – “leaving it all on the field”. Who has some mental imprints to share?