Almanac Books: ‘Neil Harvey – The Last Invincible’

Roger Lowrey reviews Ashley Mallett’s wonderful account of a great Australian cricketer, ‘Neil Harvey: The Last Invincible’.

Almanac Cricket: Father Time no match for Old Man Jim

Like a good wine, Jimmy Anderson keeps on getting better with age, and as Ron Reed suggests, there is no holding him back from continuing to swing ‘the Duke orb both ways with precise placement at brisk pace’.

Almanac Cricket: January 7th in Test cricket history

Omens for India, the chance of a tied Test half a century before Brisbane in 60/61, big partnerships, and the not always helpful advice of Geoff Boycott – take a stroll down memory lane as we revisit January 7 in the history of Test cricket.

Almanac Cricket: England v West Indies – First Test Review

Luke Reynolds is pleased Test cricket is back and reviews the 1st Test between England and the West Indies at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The rain delay provoked some powerful and confronting TV discussion about Black Lives Matter from Michael Holding striking a chord with Luke.

Almanac Cricket – Abandoned: not as rare as you think

Abandoned or cancelled matches are rare but probably not as rare as you think. Glen! has had a look back over the years to remind us of matches that were not played or completed for one reason or another.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test Squad announced

The national selectors have named a 14-man squad for next week’s First Test against Pakistan at the Gabba. What do you think of the squad as a whole, and what would your batting order be?

Referendums, Gilchrist and a record-breaking run chase – the Australian cricket summer in 1999/2000

1999 was an interesting time in Australia. Sean Mortell tells the story of a nation’s referendum and the connection it had with a famous Australian test match victory.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Five days of glorious madness

A ripping ‘Boys on Tour’ yarn from the self-depracating Kieran Fernandez as he and his posse lob at the Edgbaston Test. [I feel hungover just reading this – JTH]

Thinking about cricket

Damien Morgan reflects on life-changing cricket experiences over the years. From the 1975 Ashes to experiencing BBL for the first time in 2017.

Boxing Day: Predictions v Reality

Here are the headlines. And the real situation. Tony Robb being as acerbic (and insightful) as ever.

Remember May 22

Glen looks back at the cancelled 1970 South African cricket tour of England and the events that led to the decision.

Test Cricket and T20: they’re family

‘You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family’: Cricket is family to Pete, and it’s as much of an obligation as it is love.

India v Australia – Bangalore Test: India fire back in ferocious contest

India pulled off a big win in the second Test to level the series. Kohli and Smith had heated words as the tension wore on. Where does this leave both countries as the third Test approaches?

India v Australia: Bangalore Test, Day One – Who would have thought?

Australia blitzed India with the ball for the third innings in a row, bowling them out for 189 on the first day of action. Jan Courtin was very impressed with Lyon after his brilliant figures of 8/50.

India v Australia – Bangalore Test: Pre-game call for writers

India v Australia. Cricket. After a wonderful first Test in Pune, the second Test begins tomorrow (Saturday) in Bangalore. What can we expect? Nominate a day.

India v Australia – Pune Test: What we learnt from Pune

Seven things Pete has taken away from the First Test in Pune including India’s horrible use of the DRS.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 1: It just didn’t feel like cricket!

Jan Courtin felt a bit let down by day 1 of the test match between Australia and hosts India.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG, Day 5: Smith, Starc and Car Parks

Luke Reynolds takes a punt on a Punt Road car park as day 5 of the 2nd Test delivers much more than expected.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 2: By The Tweets (and other things)

Mick Jeffrey brings us the Day 2 view from Bay 49 of the Olympic Stand, right next to the MCC gate.

Australia v South Africa: Perth Test Day 2 – Rotten batting, again

Was anyone really surprised by an Australian collapse on day 2?