If I was born and bred in England I would probably still be playing.
Michael Slater jokes that the Australia team is just too hard to get into, perhaps forgetting that Mark Ramprakash can't get into the England team because he's too old ... and barely six months older than Slater.
Nov 20, 2007 |
He [Shane Warne] can't keep his mouth shut because he wants to keep making these comments. He must be a miserable man in his life.
Muttiah Muralitharan reacts to Warne's suggestion that the ICC should assess Murali's action in a Test match to end any lingering speculation over its legality
Nov 18, 2007 |
I've only been in the match referee's room once and that was for wearing the wrong-coloured undergarment. It's ridiculous.
Despite his on-field passion, Stuart Broad has so far stayed on the right side of the law
Nov 17, 2007 |
I had asked for scorecards of the last three matches played here. The teams batting first had won so I decided to bat first.
Shoaib Malik confirms he had done his homework before the fourth ODI against India at Gwalior which Pakistan lost after opting to bat first and having problems gripping the ball due to the evening dew
Nov 17, 2007 |
We did give him three initials because we thought it would look good on a scoresheet.
Chris Broad says he wasn't necessarily aiming for son Stuart to become a cricketer, but did have the odd contingency plan
Nov 16, 2007 |
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 |
I just look at my pictures sometimes and see if the photo is good.
While some cricketers read newspaper reports on themselves, Robin Uthappa strays clear of the text and flips through the pages for another reason
Nov 14, 2007 |
Shane, with your, er, sorry Shane.
An unnamed reporter can't let go of Shane Warne's memory as he starts a question to Stuart MacGill ... who had just reached 200 Test wickets
Nov 13, 2007 |
I'm blaming that on Wynberg [Boys High]. They didn't teach me to count to 200 - they seemed to stop at 180.
Jacques Kallis tries to explain why there's still no double-century on his impressive resume
Nov 12, 2007 |
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 |
Chaminda Vaas came in to bowl the first ball of the Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane today, I think. It gets a bit hard to say what happened as the quick disappeared behind a barbecue cooking sausages just as he was approaching the wicket. Judging by the lack of crowd noise there was neither a boundary or a six from the delivery. Apparently the same thing happened for the next five balls.
Journalist Peter Lalor of the Australian gives his view, or rather the lack of one, as newspaper journalists were locked out of the Gabba on the first day of Australia's Test season
Nov 9, 2007 |
I have enough on my plate.
Mike Gatting referring to his new roles in English cricket. Few believed he would ever mutter such a comment where food was concerned
Nov 8, 2007 |
Just bring the cards to the ground.
Ricky Ponting when asked how he'll deal with the wet weather forecast for the first two days of the Brisbane Test against Sri Lanka
Nov 7, 2007 |
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 |
I am really pleased that people are writing interesting books rather than the soporific ghosted rubbish that generally appears in the bookstalls.
Jonathan Agnew on why he is not one of those angered by the content of Duncan Fletcher's new book
Nov 3, 2007 |
It's evident that they have come down harshly on players from the subcontinent, while others go scot-free ... match referees do not give any favours to our teams.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, outside the punishment of the ICC now he has retired, lets rip
Nov 2, 2007 |
There is no doubt I am overweight. I don't know how far over I am. I just don't feel all that comfortable at the moment ... But I'd argue that, historically speaking, cricketers have proven - as I have over the last five years - that weight is not a selection criteria.
Stuart MacGill chews the fat as he waits to see if he's in Australia's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka
Nov 1, 2007 |
I am handsome but all the actresses can wait.
A modest Sreesanth disappoints the beauties who can't wait to star opposite him
Oct 31, 2007 |
Andre unfortunately only had one line that he was dishing out to Shoaib Malik and the boys so it got a bit monotonous there. We just had a chat to Andre and said to Graeme Smith, 'Well, look he's only traipsing out one line, it's getting a bit boring'.
The umpire Simon Taufel keeps a straight face as he explains that he found Andre Nel's sledges, sorry sledge, a bit repetitively dull
Oct 30, 2007 |
Flintoff was in such a state that he could not throw properly. He had to pass the ball to the bloke next to him to do so. And when it came to trying to catch the ball I honestly thought I was going to hurt him, so uncoordinated was he. I was fuming and stopped the practice early.
Duncan Fletcher reveals his anger with Andrew Flintoff, the then-England captain, over his conduct at a fielding practice during the 2006-07 Ashes
Oct 30, 2007 |
You [media people] change my girlfriends every two days. Please let one continue for some time."
Mahendra Singh Dhoni gives a tongue-in-cheek reply on being quizzed about his love life
Oct 29, 2007 |
Test cricket is like classical music which has survived since ancient ages. One-dayers are like film music that leaves people enthralled and Twenty20 cricket is like disco and rap which provides occasional pleasure in short bursts.
Another typical Navjot Sidhu comment on cricket's various formats
Oct 28, 2007 |
He's one of those guys who can be 80 not out at lunch. Back in my day I dreamed about being 80 not out at lunch. If I could be 80 at about tea I thought 'this is good'.
Mark Taylor notices how opening the batting has changed as he supports Phil Jaques' case for a Test call-up
Oct 27, 2007 |
It's me who's going to pay the fines and not you. I am on the right track and I will continue doing it.
Sreesanth shrugs off his repeated visits to the match referee with a smile
Oct 26, 2007 |
I thought Stephen Outerbridge was unlucky as he didn't play at the ball when the umpire gave him out caught behind. I also thought my lbw was a little suspect, but that's no excuse.
What sounds remarkably like excuses from Bermuda captain Irving Romaine after his side's 43-run loss to Uganda. Bermuda receive millions of dollars of funding each year while Uganda have to launch appeals for equipment
Oct 26, 2007 |
I think an umpire needs to have good communication skills. But first, he should be a good human being.
Simon Taufel lists some of the attributes of a good umpire
Oct 25, 2007 |
I will do that as long as I have breath in my body.
Clive Lloyd vows to get West Indies cricket back on track
Oct 24, 2007 |
The traffic, the smog, the food - it's all very new to me. I still can't shake the feeling at dinner time, 'Is this the meal that'll do me in?'
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss on settling into a new culture
Oct 23, 2007 |
I am hippopotamusly happy and elephantastically proud."
Wes Hall on being honoured after his 70th birthday
Oct 22, 2007 |
You know, Hilditch isn't ringing to catch up for a drink.
Stuart Clark on when Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, rang to tell him that he was going to be dropped from the XI for Nathan Bracken
Oct 21, 2007 |
At least I will be the only captain who won't have to worry about his hair melting.
Australia's captain, Allan Border, takes aim at his follicly-enhanced opposite numbers, Graham Gooch and Martin Crowe, ahead of the Australian Beach Cricket Tri-Series in Brisbane
Oct 20, 2007 |
If I'd got it on target, I would've bowled him. I thought it was a nice way to go out.
The soon-to-be-knighted Sir Ian Botham reveals how he whipped out his "meat and two veg" to distract Australia's David Boon, as he ran in to bowl his final delivery in first-class cricket at Durham in 1993
Oct 19, 2007 |
I've always subscribed to the theory that you shouldn't make a fast bowler angrier than he already is.
A deadpan James Sutherland, Australia's chief exec., when asked for his thoughts about Tait's action
Oct 19, 2007 |
It's taught me that when I go on tour I have to take two alarm clocks.
England spinner Graeme Swann missed the team bus a couple of times on the tour of South Africa in 2000 and learnt from the experience
Oct 18, 2007 |
I listen to all these republicans, and if it was down to me I'd hang 'em! I honestly would. It's a traitor's game for me.
A clearly pro-monarchy Sir Ian Botham on the eve of receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace
Oct 16, 2007 |
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 |
Five minutes ... five minutes! And on that basis Mr Hair lost his status as a Test match umpire!
Robert Griffiths, Darrell Hair's barrister, to Sir John Anderson, chairman of New Zealand Cricket, after he explained how long the ICC took to decide to take action against Hair after the Oval Test
Oct 13, 2007 |
I am a child, they are all legends.
... says Sreesanth about facing the Australians
Oct 11, 2007 |
You're likely to find more life on Mars than on this pitch.
Damien Fleming's views on the pitch for the fifth ODI between India and Australia in Vadodara
Oct 11, 2007 |
That was unplayable, just like the Spice Girls.
The new Shane Warne doll, a playmate for the Boonie doll, gets his sledges in gear
Oct 10, 2007 |