Almanac Cricket – NZ v Aust, Second Test, Day Three: Aotearoa Dispatches

Could the Kiwis do the improbable? Australia looked on the ropes as Dennis Gedling watched on from Christchurch.

Almanac Cricket – NZ v Aust, First Test, Day 4: Aotearoa Dispatches

All wrapped up with a day in hand, Dennis Gedling recounts the tail of the Test, beers with the boys and an extra sporting highlight.

Almanac Teams: One Test Players

Rounding out his series of cricket-related teams for 2024, Rodney Boyd takes a deep dive into those who played just one Test for Australia – and some who played just the solitary match for other nations too.

Australia v West Indies 2024: First Test Adelaide – Day 1: A day of interesting cricket

Citrus Bob Utber reports from the First Test between Australia and the West Indies in Adelaide where he witnessed a very interesting day of cricket.

Balcony Banter: Banter on the Balcony

You don’t go to the cricket just to watch the game. ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber goes to catch up with friends and acquaintances old and new. He wrote about it recently on ‘Balcony Banter’, the MCG Members blog.

Almanac (Cricket) Poetry: ‘These Baggy Greens’ by Patrik Klika Dempsey

The reputation of the Baggy Green has taken a battering during the current Ashes series. Prague-based journalist, philosopher and poet Patrik Klika Dempsey offers this reflection.

Almanac Cricket (History/Trivia): Thank goodness, we’re not alone anymore

New Zealand’s incredible win over England this week has adjusted the record books – and helped Australia avoid being ‘the only side to…’ It’s a funny old game.

Almanac Cricket: Two Test Team

Glen! gives a rundown of the men who have played cricket at the highest level for two different national sides. From Keppler Wessels to Mohammed Iftikhar Ali Khan Siddiqui Pataudi, there are several interesting stories within.

Almanac Cricket: Tests, T20s and that tall, slim bloke with the graphs and diagrams

Peter Crossing has a go at deciphering the state of the land’s premier summer sport through opposite ends – the traditional Test and the upstart T20, both under pressure at the moment for different reasons.

Almanac Cricket: Taylor’s Triple Ton Will Still Do Me

WITH apologies to Matthew Hayden, who holds the record Australian Test score, RON REED still has Mark Taylor at the top of his list.

Almanac Cricket: Tim May

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood got in touch with former Test cricketer Tim May. The self-effacing offie shares his life before, during and after cricket.

Almanac Cricket: Darren Lehmann

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood remembers the long and successful career of Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann.

Almanac Book Reviews: ‘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]