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 The unstoppable juggernaut has been replaced by the circus clown's car - one parp on the horn and all the doors fall off.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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
They are rubbish wickets really.
Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, fulsome in his praise of the pitches in England
Jul 1, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
I admit I am selfish
Nasser Hussain in confessional mood after retiring from all forms of the game
May 31, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
I'm not a politician and I don't run English cricket, so the decision is not up to me."
Darren Gough makes his feelings clear about England's tour of Zimbabwe
Apr 30, 2004 |
My personal opinion [is] that we would prefer them not to go. But there is a difference between doing that and ordering them not to go, which I think would step over the proper line. I think many people however believe - I think rightly - that the problem actually resides with the ICC.
British prime minister Tony Blair on whether England should tour Zimbabwe
Apr 29, 2004 |
He was not the only England bowler to be collared by the West Indies' explosive batting the other night, but he was the only 33-year-old with a dodgy knee, a tendency to pile on the pounds and the promise of a lift to matches by helicopter.
The Independent's Stephen Brenkley sees the end of the road in sight for Darren Gough
Apr 28, 2004 |
They're mostly businessmen in their late forties, not the old farts we're used to hearing about, and they know what they're doing.
Mike Soper, the head of England's First Class Forum, tries to give the image of county chairmen a makeover
Apr 25, 2004 |
I believe that they are honourable and decent men put in an impossible position. The board feels threatened by the ICC penalties to do what the board doesn't want to do.
The outgoing Des Wilson takes a swipe at the ICC over their stand on England's tour of Zimbabwe
Apr 24, 2004 |
The Championship is a great competition and to muddle it up with one-day games seems completely stupid."
Mike Soper, the chairman of the First-Class Forum, is unconvinced about plans to amalgamate two county competitions into one
Apr 22, 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 |
There's only one Papua New Guinean Welsh Aussie English Geraint Jones
A Barmy Army banner welcomes England's debutant wicketkeeper during the Antigua Test
Apr 10, 2004 |
We've had Steve Harmison getting a seven-for, Simon Jones getting a five-for and Freddie Flintoff getting a five-for, so it was about time I pulled my finger out and did something special."
Matthew Hoggard after his hat-trick in the third Test in Barbados
Apr 5, 2004 |