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We heard there were a few blinds rattling up there last night, but we thought it was just Andrew Symonds coming in late after another night on the town.

Durham chief executive David Harker offers his thoughts on the ghostly happenings at Lumley Castle

Jun 24, 2005 Tweet | Share

One day we'll lose the Ashes and it will be as horrific as waking up after a night on the drink in a room full of images of Camilla Parker Bowles.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph hits out at the "gloating pommies" who have been rubbing it in since the Bangladesh defeat

Jun 22, 2005 Tweet | Share

Why would England hide me? Would Australia hide Glenn McGrath or Brett Lee?

After his 5 for 33 against the Australians at Bristol, Steve Harmison questions the logic of resting him ahead of the Test series

Jun 21, 2005 Tweet | Share

"The kindest thing you can say about their performance is that it was shoddy but you can think of many stronger words to use.

Richie Benaud on Australia's shambolic start to their England tour

Jun 20, 2005 Tweet | Share

England talk themselves up every time and obviously they've got a bit better this year but our side's still proven.

Tennis star Lleyton Hewitt backs his Aussie mates to bounce back

Jun 20, 2005 Tweet | Share

The number of fumbles, misfields and grabs at thin air brought to mind some England performances of the past ... a team full of dobbers and crap fielders? It has been said about every England touring team to Australia in the past 15 years. It's nice to be able to return the compliment.

Michael Atherton, so often on the losing end, turns the knife

Jun 18, 2005 Tweet | Share

We'll have our work cut out against Bangladesh the way we're playing. We'll have a good long hard look at ourselves,

Ricky Ponting after Australia's second defeat on their Ashes tour

Jun 16, 2005 Tweet | Share

I don't think we'll spend weeks analysing it. We will just laugh it all off.

Ricky Ponting reflects on Australia's 100-run defeat in the Twenty20 match at The Rose Bowl

Jun 14, 2005 Tweet | Share

I definitely believe if any of our batsmen get out to Giles in the Tests they should go and hang themselves. But I'm confident that won't happen.

Terry Alderman, the former Australian swing bowler, states quite unequivocally what he thinks of Ashley Giles

Jun 13, 2005 Tweet | Share

The MCC wanted him to look, shall we say, less masculine. It was a toss-up who I was going to offend - Shane or the MCC.

Fanny Rush, whose new portrait of Shane Warne now hangs in the Lord's pavilion, speculates that she was asked to tone down his, er, image

Jun 11, 2005 Tweet | Share

There's some quality fast bowlers. We saw that today with Chris Tremlett. He is a huge bloke and I felt like a midget.

Matthew Hayden meets his match

Jun 9, 2005 Tweet | Share

We are more than happy to be talking to opposition players out on the field as long as it's not personal or abusive. I'm sure it will happen on this tour."

Ricky Ponting plans England's mental disintegration

Jun 3, 2005 Tweet | Share

The Australians certainly enjoy throwing around those soundbites. They like to have a little war of words before the series. But deep down they probably find it quite amusing.

Andrew Strauss gets into the mind of the Aussies

May 23, 2005 Tweet | Share

You have to be an athlete to be a cricketer. Boonie's record is pretty safe.

Michael Clarke explains why David Boon's drinking record on a flight to England won't be under threat from this Australian touring party

May 18, 2005 Tweet | Share

We want to keep up the tradition that Stephen started - but I suppose we'll run out of battlefields in the end.

It was Gallipoli under Steve Waugh in 2001, and now Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting

May 15, 2005 Tweet | Share

To me, this time, it's Vaughan and Strauss. I haven't decided on one. I'm targeting two.

Glenn McGrath has pressing matters on hand ahead of the much-hyped Ashes

May 11, 2005 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

[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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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The Shastri effect
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Middling the ball
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