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Please don't make me out to be a cad.

Perish the thought, Mark ... Mark Nicholas, the "smooth-as-silk TV presenter", reacts to revelations about his private life in the Daily Mail

Sep 12, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't know ... but I do know I've drunk them all.

Andrew Flintoff when asked how many bottles of champagne he has won as Man of the Match in ODIs

Sep 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

He's not there much at the moment, he's usually out in the middle.

Michael Vaughan, when asked about the effect that Andrew Flintoff has been having on the England dressing-room

Sep 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's brilliant, I can't say any more than that."

Alex Wharf keeps his feelings under wraps after his England call-up

Sep 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

The fielding, often geriatric during the one-day disappointments of earlier in the summer, seemed to have received a dose of Viagra.

Mike Dickson of the Daily Mail on England's out-cricket

Sep 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

It was like being defeated and I am not one of those who stays on the canvas. I wanted to get back up and bop him on the chin.

England's Gareth Batty recalls the feeling when he was the bowler as Brian Lara reached his 400 in Antigua in April

Aug 1, 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

I'm glad I didn't catch it now because he would have laughed so much that it would have been the end of his innings.

Colin Flintoff, Andrew's dad, sees the brighter side after muffing a catch in the stands at Edgbaston

Jul 30, 2004 Tweet | Share

He may not quite have made the leap ... to Hedley Verity status but he has certainly left wheelie-binnery far behind.

Henry Blofeld makes a public apology to Ashley Giles, after years of jocular comments about his bowling action and effectiveness

Jul 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's a bit like training for an attempt on Everest by jogging upstairs and planting a flag on the landing. The unstoppable juggernaut has been replaced by the circus clown's car - one parp on the horn and all the doors fall off.

The Daily Telegraph's Martin Johnson makes clear his view of West Indies as Ashes preparation for England

Jul 27, 2004 Tweet | Share

Everybody likes an underdog, and every dog has its day.

Ashley Giles on the about-turn in his fortunes after winning the Man-of-the-Match award at Lord's

Jul 27, 2004 Tweet | Share

Mind the windows, Tino!

Andrew Flintoff gives Tino Best some helpful advice from slip, as West Indies battle to save the first Test at Lord's. Two balls later, he missed with a wild swing and was stumped

Jul 26, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's fantastic for Keysey, it's not fantastic for me. I'm a bit gutted. I'd be inhuman if I wasn't."

After 42 consecutive Tests, Mark Butcher faces up to the prospect of a spell on the sidelines, following the phenomenal success of his stand-in, Robert Key

Jul 19, 2004 Tweet | Share

She said that I wasn't quite right at the moment."

Andrew Flintoff, nursing an injured foot, reveals the Queen's knowledge of cricket when she met both teams during the first Test between England and West Indies

Jul 18, 2004 Tweet | Share

We never give more than that - it makes 'em soft.

Graham Tindall, chairman of Lancashire League club St Annes, on why he never offers overseas players more than one-year contracts

Jul 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

I picked up the ball and said: 'Is this the great Graham Thorpe? Stop backing away, try and get in line mate.' He said 'Bring it on, Besty'.

Tino Best reveals what was said shortly before his first Test wicket

Jul 15, 2004 Tweet | Share

Cut it off, lad - you've got a Test match to win.

Geoffrey Boycott's advice to Graham Thorpe, whose fractured little finger had threatened his participation in England's third-Test run-chase. Fortunately, he wasn't called upon

Jul 14, 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

They are rubbish wickets really.

Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, fulsome in his praise of the pitches in England

Jul 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

One-day cricket is dead and buried for me now. It would be a huge backward step for England to pick me again.

Graham Thorpe rebuffs a request from David Graveney to rethink his one-day retirement

Jun 30, 2004 Tweet | Share

We can win games without Andrew Flintoff and we will win games without Andrew Flintoff.

Michael Vaughan lays down the state of play. Less than three days later England's selectors summoned a semi-fit Flintoff to help bail them out

Jun 29, 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

Most of us lefties were always complaining of the Harmison hit - a purple bruise on the hip and thigh.

Mark Richardson looks back with painful memories on New Zealand's Test series against England

Jun 20, 2004 Tweet | Share

I haven't seen it. I am a bit of a purist; a bit of a snob. I like to see technique. I like to see the aesthetic beauty of the game.

Frank Tyson's take on Twenty20 cricket

Jun 18, 2004 Tweet | Share

Good luck to them. While we're not allowed to do it in New Zealand, they're obviously allowed to do it over here. Our policy is to produce the best cricket wickets possible, not ones that suit the home team.

John Bracewell, New Zealand's coach, suggests that the recent Test wickets were tailored to suit England

Jun 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

I take great pride in playing for my country, but there comes a time when if you feel no-one wants you, you wonder why you do it."

Ashley Giles reveals he came close to quitting before playing a vital role in England's third Test victory at Trent Bridge

Jun 15, 2004 Tweet | Share

In the one-day side I believe I've done everything I can and it seems it's not enough.

Chris Read reacts to his omission from the one-day squad for the NatWest Series

Jun 13, 2004 Tweet | Share

Another long day at the office - too long, I reckon.

Mark Butcher bemoans the regulations which meant that the hours of play at Headingley were extended to make up for lost time. The fourth day started at 11am and finished shortly after 7.30pm

Jun 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

Why should every pitch mirror all the others? That's crap.

David Byas, Yorkshire's blunt-talking director of cricket, dismisses suggestions that tracks should be prepared to favour turn and so encourage England's young spinners

Jun 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

I admit I am selfish

Nasser Hussain in confessional mood after retiring from all forms of the game

May 31, 2004 Tweet | Share

Trescothick should go back to Somerset and learn how to play again.

Shane Warne starts the sledging, with the Ashes a year away

May 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

I would rather players get angry when they're dropped than take it lying down.

David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, on Darren Gough's angry newspaper interview

May 26, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't want to see a young lad who got 200 [runs] in a game left out for me."

Nasser Hussain puts forward one of the reasons for retirement after his matchwinning hundred at Lord's

May 25, 2004 Tweet | Share

I had a close mate to come in next and he told me to stop whingeing and get on with it."

Nasser Hussain explains how Graham Thorpe helped him to refocus, after running Andrew Strauss out for 83 at Lord's

May 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't really need to say too much about that. Generally the people out on the pitch are the ones who know how to play the game, not the people who are writing about it.

Marcus Trescothick's answer when asked why he didn't take the second new ball on the fourth afternoon

May 21, 2004 Tweet | Share

At 10 for 2, I've done it for you.

Nasser Hussain comes over all poetic as he defends his reputation as a nuggetty Test batsman

May 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

I did it in the last series against Smith because we saw an emotion that we could tap into ... I won't be doing it to Marcus."

Stephen Fleming shows his magnanimity and spares Trescothick the treatment which he meted out to Graeme Smith earlier this year

May 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

This august body [the ICC] appears to have resorted to what amounts to industrial blackmail. It is more concerned with embarrassing England than the poisonous Robert Mugabe, whose policies have turned current international cricket in Zimbabwe into a mockery.

The Independent's Henry Blofeld takes a swipe at the ICC

May 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

I think a lot of people realise that they are between the biggest rock in the world and the hardest of hard places."

Glamorgan's chief executive, Mike Fatkin, expresses his sympathy for the ECB's predicament over Zimbabwe

May 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

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