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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

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

He turns round to Kaluwitharana and asks him what I'm bowling. Kalu says offspin. Border hits the next one, but he's not confident. He asks Dean Jones, the non-striker, what I'm doing, and he says legbreaks.

Muttiah Muralitharan recalls Allan Border's reaction on facing him for the first time, in 1992

Jul 10, 2004 Tweet | Share

We know that we worked hard and put in 100% effort [at Darwin]. We will put in 150% effort on Friday [at Cairns] and see what we can come up with.

Mahela Jayawardene's statement ahead of the second Test gives one an indication of what it takes to beat these Aussies

Jul 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

Gussie, you know I'm not the sort who says much in the middle.

With only a hint of sarcasm, Glenn McGrath corrects Angus Fraser's impression of him

Jul 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

I can categorically state that Shane did not say anything inappropriate about my mother.

Ronnie Irani, Essex's captain, refutes claims in Friday's Daily Mail that Shane Warne called his mother a "whore", during their Division Two match at the Rose Bowl

Jul 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

I wouldn't be surprised if I just had a suntan after a couple of weeks, but you can't really complain about that, can you?

Stuart MacGill talks down his prospects of getting a game, after earning a late call-up to Australia's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Darwin

Jun 27, 2004 Tweet | Share

He keeps chucking me the ball, which is an absolute pain in the arse.

Darren Lehmann on his Yorkshire captain, and brother-in-law, Craig White, who made sure Lehmann got through plenty of overs this county season

Jun 25, 2004 Tweet | Share

Do we want to be breaking Bradman's records in these circumstances?

An unnamed Cricket Australia offical when asked about the Tests against Zimbabwe

Jun 11, 2004 Tweet | Share

I think he's the first of the modern players to really show the strain of being a professional. cricketer.

Bob Simpson cites a factor that affected Michael Slater's career

Jun 10, 2004 Tweet | Share

Personally, I'm very disappointed because I went there to play cricket. I don't think you can ever say they're cheapened runs in Test cricket."

Justin Langer frets about his batting average, as Australia's Test players fly home from Zimbabwe

May 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

Sometimes I wish I was Adam Gilchrist."

Mark Richardson makes a candid confession after his six-hour 93 on the first day of the Lord's Test

May 19, 2004 Tweet | Share

It must be nice living in John's myopic world where the only worry is if the weather is fine enough for cricket. Not for him the anguish of contemplating thousands of murdered men as the bloodthirsty madness of president Robert Mugabe pushes Zimbabwe to oblivion.

Fox Sports' Ray Chesterton slams John Buchanan's stance on touring Zimbabwe

May 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

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