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I wanted it to say 'Chuck us a VB, Murali'.

Fortunately Shane Warne was not given editorial control over the script for his talking beer figurine

Mar 24, 2008 Tweet | Share

Is that Ranatunga? Strewth, he's not missed many lunches has he?

Sky Sports' David Lloyd as the camera turns on a rather portly looking Arjuna Ranatunga in the stands at Kandy

Dec 10, 2007 Tweet | Share

I tried to spin the ball one way and it went the other way. But it's a special wicket."

Muttiah Muralitharan admits his record-breaking dismissal of Paul Collingwood didn't quite go to plan

Dec 9, 2007 Tweet | Share

Muppets? They're clowns as well.

Mark Waugh doesn't think much of the Sri Lanka selectors' decision to leave out strike bowler Lasith Malinga in the first Test

Nov 15, 2007 Tweet | Share

Bayliss kermitted to keeping Atapattu.

A cheeky headline on Fox Sports, about how Trevor Bayliss still wants Marvan Atapattu in the side following his "muppets" comment

Nov 10, 2007 Tweet | Share

Don't worry about two years of not playing Test cricket - I hadn't held a bat for three months before I came here.

Marvan Atapattu reflects on his batting ahead of the Australian barrage

Nov 4, 2007 Tweet | Share

I don't really care if Malinga is outdoing me on the hair stakes, as long as I outdo him for wickets - that is all that really matters.

Ryan Sidebottom insists he isn't going head-to-head with Lasith Malinga on the fashion front

Oct 14, 2007 Tweet | Share

Sri Lanka cricket at this moment of time is not going in the direction it should be going, especially with a set of muppets headed by a joker.

Marvan Atapattu endears himself to his selectors as Sri Lanka struggle against Australia in Brisbane

Oct 10, 2007 Tweet | Share

Murali has said he wanted to take 1000 Test wickets and he has every chance of getting there. If he does get there I don't think anyone else will catch him.

Shane Warne says it'll be next to impossible to beat Muttiah Muralitharan if he reaches Test 1000 wickets

Oct 8, 2007 Tweet | Share

He [Muttiah Muralitharan] should just think that when a dog bites, you don't go and bite the dog.

Arjuna Ranatunga, speaking to an Indian television channel, advises Muralitharan on dealing with Bishan Bedi

Aug 15, 2007 Tweet | Share

Murali will complete 1000 Test wickets, but they would count as mere run-outs in my eyes.

Bishan Bedi doesn't seem to tire of baiting Muttiah Muralitharan

Aug 6, 2007 Tweet | Share

I know the sport is huge here. I follow it myself."

Tennis world No. 1 Roger Federer after playing cricket at a shelter camp for tsunami refugees in Sri Lanka. Federer's mother is South African

Dec 24, 2006 Tweet | Share

We hope the white ball is clearer to see.

Stephen Fleming hopes for better fortunes in the one-dayers for his side, especially against Lasith Malinga, whose round-arm action with the red ball continues to baffle them

Dec 20, 2006 Tweet | Share

I am not Shane Warne or Muttiah Muralitharan, but what I can promise is that I will try my very best for England.

Monty Panesar looks to play down media expectations ahead of the Perth Test

Dec 11, 2006 Tweet | Share

What is he doing there? [Three seconds later] That's what he's doing there.

Ian Botham questions the logic of putting a deep cover boundary fielder out for Sanath Jayasuriya, who is caught a moment later ... at exactly that spot

Jun 16, 2006 Tweet | Share

You've got to make it tough. No freebies ... target him. Break a finger if you want. That'll stop him getting ten wickets

Nasser Hussain on how to bowl to Muttiah Muralitharan

Jun 5, 2006 Tweet | Share

Each country is entitled to its own way of doing things but to an Englishman this seems like the Queen, or her Prime Minister, giving orders.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins writing for the Times, is amazed to hear that Sanath Jayasuriya was recalled at the insistence of his country's president

May 22, 2006 Tweet | Share

The only way they'll get a wicket is if the ball hits a brick in the middle of the pitch ... it wouldn't frighten me mum, this bowling.

Geoff Boycott with his take on the Sri Lankan attack

May 21, 2006 Tweet | Share

It's a nightmare. Andrew Caddick's helicopter is not big enough to ferry us around and Sanath Jayasuriya is exhausted already.

Somerset's chief executive Peter Anderson fumes about the long trips his club is forced to undertake

May 28, 2005 Tweet | Share

Imagine if you got him on a triple word score in Scrabble.

David Lloyd, the Sky Sports commentator, thinks of a use for all five first names of Chaminda Vaas

May 12, 2005 Tweet | Share

If Muttiah Muralitharan can be allowed to bowl, nobody under the sun should be stopped from bowling for suspect action.

Former Indian offspinner Rajesh Chauhan says the ICC treated Harbhajan Singh unfairly

May 7, 2005 Tweet | Share

I don't need more awards ... I already have the world record.

Muttiah Muralitharan takes his exclusion from the ICC's World XI on the chin

Sep 7, 2004 Tweet | Share

He's no Javed Miandad ... We had already won on the penultimate ball.

Sourav Ganguly's reaction when asked if he thought Nuwan Zoysa would hit the last ball for a six and win the match for Sri Lanka

Jul 28, 2004 Tweet | Share

I hit my first batsman in the first game: Bradman Edirweera. First I hit him on the helmet and the next ball I had him caught.

Lasith Malinga started his career so promisingly that he even had Bradman in trouble

Jul 18, 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

I was brought up to be wary of people who pick up their bat and go home. Muralitharan has played all these Tests and taken all these cheap wickets, like against the Zimbabwe 2nd XI, but now he is not fronting up when the going gets tough."

Dennis Lillee has his say after Murali announced his decision to skip the Australian tour

Jun 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

I think he should just grow up, get on with it and go out there and play."

Shane Warne has a say on the confusion over Muttiah Muralitharan touring Australia

Jun 11, 2004 Tweet | Share

Boy George would be considered straight at the University of Western Australia."

Kerry O'Keeffe on the controversial tests done on Muttiah Muralitharan

May 18, 2004 Tweet | Share

The Murali issue has blown out of proportion because of various remarks by various politicians.

Ehsan Mani responds to the Sri Lankan and Australian prime ministers' comments

May 9, 2004 Tweet | Share

That was the first legal delivery he bowled - that's my personal opinion.

Dion Ebrahim reacts to the orthodox legbreak he received from Muttiah Muralitharan on the first day at Bulawayo. He was handed a one-Test ban for his observation

May 7, 2004 Tweet | Share

Yes. They proved it in Perth, too, with that [biomechanics video] thing.

The Australian prime minister John Howard's reply when asked whether Muralitharan throws

May 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

It makes a joke of the game and it makes me sick talking about it. Everyone knows he bowls illegally.

Former Australia batsman Barry Jarman doesn't join the celebrations for Muttiah Muralitharan's world record. Jarman was the first ICC match referee to raise suspicions about Murali's action

May 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

He was bowling at three-quarter rat power. Murali's not a dill. He knows he's under scrutiny. They are filming him so he is going to do his best - and even with his best he still can't get it right. That shows there is something wrong with his action.

Former Test umpire Ross Emerson gives his views on the tests on Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action

Apr 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

Future generations will be hoodwinked into believing 'Muchichuckalot' was the best of them all. At best, his action is suspicious. At worst it belongs in a darts tournament.

Michael Parkinson doesn't beat about the bush when asked about Muttiah Muralitharan's action

Mar 26, 2004 Tweet | Share

Arjuna, he's probably slotting himself around at 150 kilos at the moment, is he? Swallowed a sheep or something like that."

Shane Warne hits back at his old foe Arjuna Ranatunga

Feb 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

Back in Australia, when he first got called, he bowled a few leggies after that. He must be able to bowl leggies as well. He's probably just chucking that one in - sorry - putting that one in as well.

Ricky Ponting talks to Sydney Morning Herald about Muralitharan's new delivery

Feb 14, 2004 Tweet | Share

Before I bowl, they [spectators] are calling 'no-ball' ... it's annoying if they call out every ball. It's okay once or twice, but not if you are going on and on about it.

Muttiah Muralitharan argues the case for quotas on taunting

Feb 12, 2004 Tweet | Share

Ashley Giles made a simple attempt at a top-edged hook by Mahela Jayawardene look like a Mr Bean Christmas special.

Peter Hayter despairs of England's fielding in Colombo in the Mail on Sunday

Dec 20, 2003 Tweet | Share

Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream / Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair ... No Ball!

The Barmy Army serenades Muttiah Muralitharan to the tune of "Row Row Row The Boat, Gently Down The Stream"

Dec 13, 2003 Tweet | Share

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