The Ashes 2015 – Cardiff Test: call for writers

“In Affectionate Remembrance
29TH AUGUST, 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”
“Bloobs,” The Sporting Times


The First Test, England v Australia, begins Wednesday 8 July, 2015. In Cardiff, Wales.
The Footy Almanac is looking to publish stories of each day’s play of this five-Test series. Stories from wherever you are, and however you see/ hear/ feel it.

We’ll keep (and update) a wee schedule here to try and ensure each day is covered. The more the merrier. Please use the comment box below here to nominate a day.

Cardiff Test
Day 1, Wed 8 July: J Moore & Citrus Bob Utber &
Day 2, Thu 9 July: CB Utber & MV Younger & maybe S Mortell &
Day 3, Fri 10 July: L Reynolds & CB Utber &
Day 4, Sat 11 July: Smokie & CB Utber &
Day 5, Sun 12 July: CB Utber &

Floaters: OBP MR Ashwood, OBP DJER Wilson, JT Harms


At time of writing (Saturday afternoon) England squad for the first Test: Alastair Cook (capt), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn. Good county form for all players recently, or if not then form in T20 and 50 over games. A strong Yorkshire presence in the squad. Yorkshire winning last year’s championship and being coached by Jason Gillespie.

Ryan Harris has announced his unfortunate retirement, meaning the likely bowling line-up comprises those of the West Indies series: Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. Conjecture surrounds the possible selection of Mitchell Marsh over Shane Watson. And it’s uncertain whether or not Chris Rogers will return to the opening role. Australian batting order a little unsettled.

It’s a little unusual to be back in England only two years after the previous visit. That’s a topic worthy of thought in and of itself. Who makes that decision and in whose best interests is it made?

Regardless, Ashes tours offer a timeline.
1868 – the Australian Aboriginal team toured England
1882 – The death of English cricket
1902 – Joe Darling, Victor Trumper
1930 – Don Bradman
1948 – Don Bradman, Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall; the Invincibles.
1989 – Alan Border, Steve Waugh, Terry Alderman, Mark Taylor
1993 – Shane Warne
2005 – Ricky Ponting, Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan
2013 – Seeds planted for future harvest: Chris Rogers, Steve Smith
2015 – What will it be??


Take a look at some of Almanac Cricket writing, including Luke Reynolds’ excellent tribute to Ryan Harris by CLICKING HERE

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Australia to win the series $2! Check it out.



About David Wilson

David Wilson is a hydrologist, climate reporter and writer of fiction & observational stories. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Joe Moore says

    ER – Would love to open proceedings on Wednesday night.

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    I’ll do Friday, Day 3

  3. Peter Flynn says

    I’ll be on the sauce so I’m out.

    I remember the hilarious calls from Tim and Dave back in 2009.

    It took them a little while to come to terms with the hectic St Mary’s Street on a Saturday night.

    They adjusted soon enough.

  4. Bob Utber says

    Will be interchange for all days as long as I don,t find PJF in some seedy Cardiff pub!
    Citrus Bob
    Ps. Will be there very day I hope

  5. E.regnans says

    Good start. Solid start.
    PJ Flynn – I think there’s a logical fallacy at play there; one of false cause..

  6. Peter Flynn says


    We are staying at the Park Plaza.

    Hope to see you at the Test.

  7. Ryan Harris retired ! There’s a turn up prior to the first day of the series.


  8. e.r.
    Put me down for Sat’dy night.

  9. Bob Utber says

    Will call in for coffee this morning Tuesday if you are available?
    Citrus bob

  10. MV Younger says

    Workhorse willing to bowl into the wind on day two.

  11. E.regnans says

    Excellent work all.
    Everyone else- step right up. The more views & experiences shared the more vibrant.
    Nothing wrong with submitting a surprise entry, either.

  12. I’m more than happy to cover any/all nights, but in particular it would be a pleasure to cover either Thursday or Sunday night, as interesting events always occur on days two and five.
    Thanks, Sean.

  13. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Hoping to OBP depends re work

  14. E.regnans says

    Good stuff Sean & OBP.
    I’m a floater myself.
    Depends on a few uncontrollables & if it’s Day 1, 2, 3, it will be written and posted on iPhone.
    Getting toey now…

  15. ER – I might surprise, like a 40/1 shot in the Melbourne Cup.

  16. Brilliant, Dips !!

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