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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
I just don't think that will happen, I don't think we'll bat for long enough, to start with, for that to happen in this series.
Ricky Ponting dismisses the prospect of Matthew Hayden reclaiming the world record for the Test score in Zimbabwe
May 4, 2004 |
If I was an Australian player I would not want to be playing substandard opposition and I'd want to have the trip postponed. If it can't be sorted out, it's the history of the game being affected."
Eddo Brandes, the former Zimbabwe fast bowler, speaks out ahead of Australia's tour
Apr 21, 2004 |
The players who know their way round the front half of a newspaper will do a MacGill. Butcher and Graham Thorpe will surely stay away. Michael Vaughan will be torn, but may find it a good moment to have a minor operation.
Tim de Lisle speculates on which of England's players might give Zimbabwe a miss
Apr 19, 2004 |
All we can do is play the side that's put out on the park and the Australian team is not really noted for going easy on any opposition.
Ricky Ponting refuses to be drawn on the moral and political implications of Australia's forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe
Apr 16, 2004 |
Clarke gets his Michelle Pfeiffer.
Dean Jones's comment on air after Michael Clarke got his fifth wicket at Dambulla
Feb 22, 2004 |
It is better to swallow a sheep or a goat than swallow what he has been swallowing.
Arjuna Ranatunga's saucy response to Shane Warne's "swallowed a sheep" jibe
Feb 17, 2004 |
The present Australian team are unimpressive, when you look at the teams they used to have with the Waughs and Glenn McGrath. The Australian spin attack is not impressive at all when you see that we have Murali and others on our side.
Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lankan captain, ups the ante before the one-day series
Feb 16, 2004 |
Playing cricket in the heat can produce temporary blindness, sunstroke and heat stress, as well as increase the potential for long-term effects such as skin cancer.
A report by Janelle Noble-Jerks of Southern Cross University in Australia says that cricket is bad for your health, with over half of regular players in Australia developing skin cancer
Feb 7, 2004 |
I think this is my last chance at everything. My last chance with Simone. My last chance with my life. This is it
Shane Warne signals his shifting priorities as he returns to cricket after a year's ban
Feb 7, 2004 |
I played with some heroes, and not too many people can say they played the game they love at the elite level with heroes."
Stuart Law looks back on his domestic and international career in Australia
Feb 4, 2004 |