Almanac Cricket: ‘The Test’: Season Trois: Episode Une

Stone Cold Steve Baker casts his very experienced eye over the latest episode of ‘The Test’. Worth a read, worth a look by the sound of it, if for no other reason than to see how Cricket Australia is directing the narrative.

Australia v Pakistan 2023-24: Boxing Day Test – Day 1: Melbourne turns it on!

Honours are about even reports Citrus Bob Utber from the MCG on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test Australia v Pakistan.

Almanac Cricket: An Ashes Classic – Australia win day five thriller at Edgbaston

Australian Cricket Society literary scholar Kobe Jacobs reviews Australia’s thrilling win against England in the First Test, 2023 Ashes Series.

The Ashes 2021/22 – Fourth Test, Sydney Day 5: An exciting draw as England survive

England displayed great fighting spirit on the last day to hold out for a draw in the Fourth Test match in Sydney.  Australia always looked to be in the winning position but fighting innings from Crawley, Stokes and Bairstow denied them the win. Citrus Bob Utber reports on the final day’s play.

The Ashes 2021/22 – Fourth Test, Sydney Day 4: Khawaja’s majestic second century

Another good day of Test cricket with Australia firmly in the box seat. Khawaja – magnificent, and Green – what we have been waiting for. Citrus Bob Utber reports on Day 4 of play at the Pink Test.

The Ashes 2021/22 – Fourth Test, Sydney Day 2: Khawaja leads the way

A magnificent century for Lazarus Khawaja saw Australia make 8/416 with England withstanding late overs from Australia. Khawaja’s 9th Test century sheet anchored the Australian innings with most of the batters scoring runs reports Citrus Bob Utber on Day 2 of the Pink Test in Sydney.

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield Round 2: Are we any the wiser?

Round 2 of the Sheffield Shield season did little to clarify Australia’s First Test team. Based on results so far, Ian Hauser takes a stab at a possible line-up for the Gabba next month.

Almanac Cricket – A comeback for the Sheffield Shield?

What did we learn from the first Round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield competition last weekend? Ian Hauser found that it left him with more questions than answers.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test Day 1: Archer blitzes through, unlikely heroes hold firm

Sean Mortell reports on Australia’s disappointing effort with the bat against some excellent fast bowling on Day 1 of the Third Test at Headingley.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Lord’s: Life (and Death)

Jofra Archer’s vicious bouncer that struck Steve Smith has produced a great deal of comment. Bernard Whimpress presents his thoughts about the act that has livened up the Ashes Series.

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.

Almanac Cricket Competition: Name your First Test team for The Ashes

We’ve had the ‘name the Ashes squad competition’, now we’ve got the ‘name the First Test team’ competition. Roger Lowrey puts it out there to Almanackers to have a go. But be sure to read the fine print – it could make all the difference!

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v New Zealand: A hard-fought, well deserved win

‘World Cup clashes with the little cousin are always special.’ There were great expectations as the 2015 finalists confronted each other at Lord’s on Saturday. Sean Mortell tells us the story.

Almanac Cricket – Why Moises Henriques may be an Ashes smokey

Moises Henriques for the 2019 Ashes Squad? Dan thinks he’s a chance, what do you think?

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 4: Going through the motions!

Manuka continues to surprise Citrus Bob, its food and eating places please, but will day 4 of the cricket offer any surprises? Unfortunately not as Citrus reports on the demise of the sub-standard Sri Lanka team.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 3: Citrus turns sour?

Citrus Bob Utber is grumpy, but not really too grumpy. Khawaja and Starc make the slectors’ job even harder as Australia bat the Sri Lankans out of the Test match.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 2: A smorgasbord!

Citrus Bob is treated to a smorgasbord of brilliant food, and a smorgasbord of runs by the Aussies as he reports on all the action of day 2 at Manuka.

Australia v Sri Lanka, First Test – Day 1: Australia in another league

Citrus Bob watching the Test in comfort at home with the weather temperature outside a mild 46 degrees is glad he took this option. From what he has seen in the first day’s play the “ordinary” Australian team is miles ahead of their opposition as he reports.

 

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 3: Pink Day at SCG

Citrus Bob was resplendent in pink at the SCG as he reports on today’s play and the Aussies’ ever dwindling fortunes.