Almanac Cricket: What I was reminded of while watching the AB doco

Like many, John Harms has the cricket on in the background. As the rain kept falling during the Sydney Test he reckons he saw the Allan Border docos umpteen times. Here’s some things the doco reminded him of.

Almanac Cricket: Second Test – Australia v South Africa Day 1: Boxing Day at the ‘G

Cameron Green shines with the ball as Citrus Bob Utber reports on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Warnie’ – Bill Wootton

Bill Wootton pays tribute to the great Shane Warne in verse.

Almanac Comment: Ron Reed on why Warnie is the only story in town.

Ron Reed makes sense of not only the great character who was Shane Warne, but also the response to his death at such a young age.

A story half-told, Shane

Riffing on the refrain we heard so many times from Healy and Gilchrist, Gigs captures the sultan of spin’s trials and triumphs in rhyme.

Almanac Literary: Adelaide Writers’ Week 2022 – Day 2

Day 2 at the Adelaide Writer’s Week proved to be another cracking day of mental stimulation and delight for Col.

Almanac Cricket: Shane Warne and the gift of hope

E.regnans met S.K. Warne in Lorne many years ago. What followed is indicative and memorable.

More Almanac (Cricket) Sadness: Vale Shane Warne

Andrew Else, like most of us, has been shocked by the premature death of Shane Warne. In response he paints a picture of the relatable Aussie which celebrates his genius and his larrikinism while never losing sight of the fact that this is all so sad. [A fine piece , at a moment when we are all floored – JTH]

The Wizardry of Warne

Damian Balassone, inspired by Gideon Haigh’s recent book On Warne, writes of Warne’s most memorable dismissals. [First published in 2013]

Almanac Book Extract: ‘Media and Me, by Warnie’ from ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed

Ron Reed’s latest book is the special guest at the next Odd Friday/Footy Almanac lunch on April 23 at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Here’s a chapter to tempt your (reading) taste buds!

Almanac Life: Things I Like

In an extensive list of moments, people and ideas that ranges from Shane Warne to garfish, Mickey Randall’s list of things he likes is entertaining to follow.

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.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: Oval-teamie, The Oval Australian Test XI

Dave Brown has selected an Australian Test X1 based upon their performances playing at The Oval.

Balcony Banter – Musings from the (Lord’s) Pavilion

Clare Cannon, MCC Committee member, was a guest in the Committee Room at Lord’s during the Second Test in mid-August. She wrote about her experience for the MCC blog, Balcony Banter.

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 – 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 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 Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.