Almanac Cricket – South Africa v Sri Lanka, First Test: Don’t tell Citrus Bob Test cricket is dead!

A sleepless night caused Citrus Bob Utber to watch one of the most enthralling and exciting finishes to a cricket match he has ever seen. Read his recount of the last 100 minutes of the South Africa v Sri Lanka First Test match.

Almanac Cricket: Vaseline and cricket

Smith, Warner and Bancroft broke a nation’s heart when they broke the spirit of the game. Why cheat?  Why destroy everything Test cricket stands for?  Why destroy a nation’s psyche?  Why try to ruin Test cricket? Ironmike tries to understand why.

Almanac Cricket: A whiff of bedlam – Ashes’ Smoke to Fire of the Proteas

Dan Tooms advises (some) caution in assessing the Australian performance across the Ashes series – especially after watching the First Test from South Africa. [Note: links are working now – Ed]

Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test, Day 1: South Africans sharp, Australians not

Citrus Bob Utber pops in to Birchip en route to the airport and learns of the history of cricket in the town. Perhaps the local side would have performed better against the South Africans at the beautiful (but overcast) Blundstone Arena. Australia are bowled out for 85 in tough conditions, with the visitors absolutely superb.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 4: At the WACA

Citrus Bob writes on a wonderful day of grinding cricket from South Africa – missing Dale Steyn and aiming to build an impenetrable lead – at the WACA.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 4: Where’s the moustache?

Paddy Grindlay is a frustrated young Australian cricket fan. He’s resorted to YouTube highlights of Mitch Johnson. [You should try Lillee and Thommo as well Paddy – Ed]