Almanac Cricket: A Feast of Cricket in India

Cricket, India and artist John Campbell make for a compelling palette to draw in the sports-lover, the eye and the taste buds. It’s all here in one enchanting story.

Almanac Cricket – The all-time Australian men’s MCG XI: dodging the snorefest

It’s one thing to get the runs on the board on a flat deck, quite another when the game is in the balance. Dave Brown looks at the best men’s performances at the MCG over the years

A night at the Big Bash – Taking one for the kids

Craig Dodson will take a bullet for his kids, however, under no circumstances will he put a Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken bucket on his head while watching a bunch of mediocre state cricketers hack it around the park in the Big Bash. Craig reports on a night at the BBL with his “scallywags”.

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield final: A great sight for cricket

This is what we came to see: Queensland win the Shield, and cricket played the way it’s meant to be played, competitive and well fought but with integrity and no unnecessary silly garbage . Liam presents his report of the game.

BBL Stars v Thunder, WBBL Stars v Renegades – Sixes, Super Overs and Shane Watson

Luke Reynolds made it a family night out to the BBL on Saturday where he found the curtain-raiser, a WBBL derby between the Stars and the Renegades to be the highlight of the on-field action. (Great family happy snaps too Luke! KS)

Almanac Baseball: ABL Ain’t No BBL

What has slowly dawned on The Ruminator over time is that trying to compare our respective affinities for cricket and baseball is not so much a hankering for the glory days of old but the brutal reality of sport in the modern world. The BBL is a behemoth that is offering Australian fans what Americans have taken for granted for decades – when the days are long and languid people like to watch games that kick off about 7pm and finish around 10pm pretty much any old night of the week.


Cranky Pete has the final word on the career of Shane Watson. He is now ready to move on.

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: It’s not A. Agar who should be taking the heat for a disappointing Australian tournament

Brendan McArdle is flabbergasted at the selection of Australia’s team at the World T20 Cup.

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.

Almanac Cricket – If It’s Good Enough For Watto…

In much the same way as Shane Watson has seen the writing on the wall, so too has MV Younger. Here he notifies Brendan Bolton, James Sutherland and Ange Postecoglou he’s no longer available for selection.

Round 16 – Fremantle v Carlton: The King and His Men

It’s always good to get a win, but more so when the acid has been on your club after a disappointing loss. Even better for Josh Coales, with Nat Fyfe well held (by his lofty standards anyway), other players stepped up to fill the breach.

Ashes 2015 – Second Test and Day 3 of The Open: Analysis, Banter and Memory

Thoughts on Day 4 of the cricket and Day 3 of the golf?

The Ashes 2015: is the Watson Carnival over?

Including here on, many words have been written about Shane Watson. Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson gives us an excellent overview of what is being said right now about the all-rounder who has been omitted for the second Test.

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]

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, review: How to respond?

A well-written analysis of Australia’s performance at Sophia Gardens from ‘Smokie’ Dawson. The response from the Baggy Greens at Lord’s is now the focus.

The Ashes 2015 – 10 Things I learned about Cardiff and the First Test

Citrus Bob Utber leaves Cardiff with a somewhat heavy heart after Australia’s loss in the first test. It’s odds-on that while he has great affection for the Welsh, he won’t be missing their ‘cuisine.’

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day 4: England Crunches Aussies

Citrus Bob has filed his analysis of Day Four of the First Test. It wasn’t pretty and Citrus calls for changes.

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day Three: Lions Still Hold the Whip Hand

Citrus Bob Utber’s report on Day Three of the First Test only just arrived at Almanac HQ. In it, Citrus Bob discusses the walk to the ground, entry to the ground, and the food available at the ground. He also discusses the day’s cricket for good measure. Thanks to Peter Lalor for ensuring that this report arrived at all!

The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day 3: Watto, Wales and Wasted Opportunities

Luke Reynolds reviews Day 3 of the First Ashes Test in Cardiff. In a day that he describes belonged to England and was a missed opportunity for Shane Watson to put his mark on the game.