It would be worth getting a pair just to walk out against the Aussies and hear what they had to say.
Stuart Law, Australia's England-qualified one-cap wonder, adds his thoughts to the sledging debate
May 2, 2005 |
Our batsmen are not muppets. They are strong characters who have been through a lot as individuals and as a team and they know what's coming.
Graham Thorpe braces himself and his team-mates for a summer of sledging at the hands of the Australians
May 1, 2005 |
I'm just telling him to cool man, chill man, because back in the dressing room we have a double bed
Billy Bowden tries, unsuccessfully, to persuade his colleague, Simon Taufel, look on the bright side of the latest rain-delay in Antigua
Apr 30, 2005 |
Even my mother can lead this Australian side.
Chris Cairns' response when asked to compare the sides led by Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh
Apr 24, 2005 |
It is just tragic and ironic that a guy whose heart was metaphorically so big and a man who was so courageous that it was the thing in the end that cost him his life.
Former Tasmania captain Jamie Cox laments the death of his team-mate Scott Mason
Apr 12, 2005 |
If he could take 65 wickets occasionally bowling below his best, what sort of prospect does that make him at full potential?
An anonymous Australian selector wonders about the possibilities with Shaun Tait, who struck 65 times in an outstanding Pura Cup season
Mar 25, 2005 |
I'm not a nervous person, particularly with my batting, because I'm not very good.
Stuart MacGill makes some candid admissions after steering New South Wales to a nailbiting one-wicket win in the Pura Cup final
Mar 20, 2005 |
I felt that every day I was going to die.
Michael Slater explains how he felt after the onset of panic attacks while playing Test cricket and also commentating
Mar 13, 2005 |
It beats Monday morning at Chelmsford - all tea and Pimm's. The amount of times Steve Waugh said to me: 'Enjoy it Nasser, this is your last Test. We will never see you again.''
Nasser Hussain on what proper sledging is really like - Aussie style
Mar 13, 2005 |
If we go through the usual scenario of snapshot versus movie length, we are in a period in Matthew's movie where we are in an ad-break. Right at this time, we are waiting for the ad-break to finish and get back to the real movie.
John Buchanan sheds light on Matthew Hayden's slump in form
Feb 3, 2005 |
Usually they delight in telling you how badly you're going to be beaten, but this time they just wished me luck.
Stephen Fleming talks about his new experience with customs at Melbourne
Jan 15, 2005 |
When I first played against Australia when I came here in 1994 I genuinely believed we could beat Australia. Obviously after we were 3-0 down I suddenly realised we couldn't.
Darren Gough on his steep learning curve
Jan 8, 2005 |
Because they are white, I am sorry to say, and I am black, I am out of cricket and they're still playing.
Saleem Malik makes clear why he thinks Shane Warne and Mark Waugh weren't banned for match-fixing
Jan 2, 2005 |
Obviously when you have other sub-standard teams across the world, then surely Australia will end up being the No. 1 team.
Javed Miandad puts things into perspective
Dec 10, 2004 |
With the possible exception of Rolf Harris, no other Australian has inflicted more pain and grief on Englishmen since Don Bradman.
The Daily Mirror's Mike Walters reflects on Steve Waugh's retirement
Dec 7, 2004 |
I don't think I will ever live it down if I come second.
Darren Lehmann speaks before his foot race with Mark Richardson ... which Richardson won
Dec 5, 2004 |
I've been starting Haydos up that it's like him scoring 500.
On the day he received a $10,000 cheque from his bat sponsor, Glenn McGrath can't resist baiting his team-mates
Nov 25, 2004 |
We look up to them a lot, but female cricketers should be recognised for themselves, not as the equivalent of Mark Waugh or Steve Waugh or Matthew Hayden or anybody.
Kate Blackwell, one half of Australian cricket's new twins on the block, is not so keen to invite comparisons with her male counterparts
Nov 23, 2004 |
If he'd fielded at slip off his own bowling he'd probably have 130 by now.
Mark Taylor speaks of Shane Warne's slip catching after Warne had snapped up his 99th catch in Test cricket
Nov 22, 2004 |
Of all the team-mates I play with at Victoria, Hampshire and Australia I was disappointed with a few of them. Very disappointed. I worked out who my real friends were.
Shane Warne expresses his dismay over the lack of support he received from some quarters during his 12-month ban for taking a banned substance
Nov 18, 2004 |
I am not going to be doing victory laps with four-for against that particular New Zealand side."
Stuart MacGill spells out exactly how much regard he has for the New Zealand squad currently in Australia
Nov 16, 2004 |
The reality of history suggests that John Howard has about as much chance of becoming the Test captain as the Kiwis have of beating Australia.
Journalist Malcolm Conn starts the Kiwi baiting
Nov 8, 2004 |
[Kerry] Packer's priority has only ever been his own prosperity, not cricket's. In the past year, Packer has appeared happy to suck the game dry and give very little back ... It makes you wonder whom cricket belongs to: Packer or the people.
Wisden Australia's editor Christian Ryan shoots from the hip in the new Almanack's editorial
Oct 28, 2004 |
When Justin Langer finds his off stump akimbo he leaves the crease only after asking the met office whether any earthquakes have been recorded in the region. In any case, he never edges the ball. It's just that his bat handle keeps breaking.
Peter Roebuck says cricketers come in all shapes and sizes. Some walk while others, like Langer, don't
Oct 27, 2004 |
No. 11 is the probably the toughest place to bat. There are days when I'm hitting them well and the guy at the other end gets out. There must be a massive innings coming up to even everything all up.
Glenn McGrath (career average: 6.50) talks up his batting prowess ahead of his 100th Test appearance
Oct 26, 2004 |
It's a team game but when you get an individual record like that it's a pretty major one so hopefully I can get it this game. Otherwise I'd be pretty frustrated by the end of the five days. I'll be jumping off the nearest bridge.
Shane Warne reveals how desperate he is to get the record
Oct 11, 2004 |
I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not.
The late Keith Miller puts life in perspective
Oct 10, 2004 |
Nothing against Indian food and all that, but I get sick over here. Hopefully, I'm better prepared this time. I've got my protein shakes, a few tins of spaghetti, a few tins of beans, I've got some cereal. Some people don't like seafood, I just don't like curries."
Shane Warne has added tinned spaghetti to his baked bean supplies for the tour of India
Oct 7, 2004 |
I am not going to comment on the book. I don't even read cricket books.
The leader of the free cricket world, Malcolm Speed, on Nasser Hussain's autobiography
Oct 6, 2004 |
That sounds like a commentator's comment, doesn't it? There's probably a key lost down there.
John Buchanan, Australia's coach, finds himself talking in journalese as he describes how the Bangalore wicket is likely to disintegrate over the course of the first Test
Oct 5, 2004 |
I rarely notice when I'm in the nineties, because it's not a key to my performance. But when I'm batting with Justin [Langer], I always know our partnership score.
Matthew Hayden puts the Bush-Blair special relationship in the shade, as he talks up the importance of Australia's opening pair
Sep 28, 2004 |
They're sort of like the bullies of the show, in that they throw their weight around in a psychological sense and try to grab the upper hand before the game's even started.
Scott Styris's take on Australia's tactics
Sep 16, 2004 |
I'm not a fan of that sort of stuff. It's hard enough for the umpires to concentrate on what's going on without a lot of things going off in their ears.
Ricky Ponting feels that the experiments with technology might pose many teething problems for the umpires
Sep 1, 2004 |
Why not? Someone's got to do it.
Bob Woolmer's reply when asked if Australia can be beaten in the final at Amsterdam
Aug 28, 2004 |
My prediction? 3-0."
Glenn McGrath's prediction for next year's Ashes shows he is unfazed by all the talk of England's revival
Jul 31, 2004 |
When people say I'm a subcontinental specialist, I say it's nice to be special at something
Michael Kasprowicz gets philosophical
Jul 21, 2004 |
I just have to be patient. I've found myself rushing and I don't need to rush. I score freely anyway.
Andrew Symonds on getting back into the Test team
Jul 19, 2004 |
I think the important thing about this competition is that we've never won it.
Matthew Hayden's take on the Champions Trophy
Jul 16, 2004 |
Every time there's been a script written, I've just about done it. I suppose I'm allowed one that I don't get every now and then.
Shane Warne reflects on the one that got away, as the outright world record eludes him against Sri Lanka at Cairns
Jul 14, 2004 |
I think Shane will bowl first somehow.
Cameron White, Shane Warne's fellow legspinner in the Victorian side, reveals the pecking order after being appointed as the state's captain
Jul 11, 2004 |