David Hookes 1955 - 2004 January 19, 2004

'A dopey, hairy-backed sheila'

Australian Associated Press

David Hookes was never afraid to speak his mind. Here is a selection of his more quotable quotes:

"[Helen Cohen Alon is] some dopey, hairy-backed sheila trying to dob him in across the other side of the world."
August 2003, describing the woman who alleged that Warne harassed her by telephone

"When they give out the baggy blue cap in New South Wales, they give you a baggy green cap in a brown paper bag as well to save making two presentations."
October 2003, questioning the Australian call-up of NSW player Simon Katich

"It's just a matter of the people in charge of the cricket team being as honest as they can with the players and ensuring the players know exactly where everyone stands."
April 2002, after being appointed coach of Victoria

"I know national selectors are independent and autonomous of their own states, but if you're seeing the same player week in week out, it's far easier to push his story."
September 2002, on using his profile to push the case of Victorian players for higher honours

"I would have thought Steve Waugh's century [in Sharjah] has cost Mark Waugh his career."
October 2002, on the make-up of the Australian side. He was right

"People in glass houses shouldn't walk around in the nude - we provided a poor pitch for Queensland."
November 2002, on the state of pitches in Australian domestic cricket

"Curators don't have to be Picasso. I'm sure people wouldn't care if they were watching a match on TV and saw another wicket being prepared on the block."
January 2003, again on pitches

"I have no reason to think he's a drug cheat. But if it is just naivety and stupidity, then I'm not sure whether you should get the mandatory two-year ban. But at what stage do you suddenly penalise someone for being stupid to set the example?"
February 2003, defending Shane Warne

"Steve Waugh should send them in to bat, bowl them out before lunch, bat until tea and declare, then send them back in and roll them again before stumps. It could be all over and done with in a day. The reality is that Bangladesh doesn't deserve to be in Test cricket and they certainly shouldn't be given any favours out on the field."
July 2003, before the maiden Test between Australia and Bangladesh

"That ... I had abused my privileged position ... with the Victorian cricket team and my access to their offices to grab an internal memo and then read it out on radio is totally absurd."
July 2003, over allegations from Australian Rules football club Richmond that Hookes had made public a damaging internal memo

"It's just a bizarre decision - not the decision [to appoint] Ricky Ponting, I think Ponting will be a genius captain, one of the best we've had."
November 2003, questioning Cricket Australia's decision to nominate Ponting as Test captain-elect well before the Sri Lankan tour

"Ganguly came to me and said 'It's our first day on the tour, we should just bat.' So once he went well past that and his tailenders didn't bat properly, I thought 'Bugger it' - we were pretty annoyed. They didn't learn to play cricket ... it was a staggering approach."
November 2003, on India's tactics in a tour match against Victoria

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