Warne, McGrath and Langer step down January 5, 2007

In their own words

Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer shared their last Test © Getty Images

"It'll be pretty hard to replace 15 or 16 seasons of your life on top of the world. How am I going to replace that? I'm a pretty competitive person, so playing poker will be up there with pool, snooker or golf. I will have the odd wager on the golf course, but nothing can replace the opportunity to play for Australia." Shane Warne

"We've actually played some of the best cricket I've ever been involved in. I don't think I've been involved in a side that's played relentless and tough cricket like we've played this summer. That's what led to the collapses with England, the mistakes. The constant pressure in both batting and bowling was just outstanding."Warne

"There will be no comebacks. It's time for the young guys to step forward now. Australia's in a very healthy position so there won't be any calls next year for us to come back." Glenn McGrath

"Since Brisbane it's been an amazing team performance. There's been no standout player. When we've bowled there have been no easy runs and when we've batted they've had to work really hard for their wickets. In the first Test there was a bit leftover from the Ashes in 2005 and we just haven't let up the whole time.'' McGrath

"The first morning was a bit emotional for me. It was business as usual after that. There's no denying when the national anthem was on and I saw my family up in the box and looked around for the last time before we went out to field, I knew that I was pretty upset. It probably affected the way I played the first day, I dropped three catches. That's good. I'd be upset if I wasn't a bit upset about it." Justin Langer

Peter English is the Australasian editor of Cricinfo