When I first played against Australia when I came here in 1994 I genuinely believed we could beat Australia. Obviously after we were 3-0 down I suddenly realised we couldn't.
Darren Gough on his steep learning curve
Jan 8, 2005 |
I've read about the great spin bowlers of the past. They bowled a bit of rubbish every now and then and nobody seemed to worry about it. All of a sudden it's against the law to bowl a half-tracker. That being the case, I break the law regularly, but I have good numbers.
Stuart MacGill has a go at his detractors after leading Australia to a comprehensive win at Sydney
Jan 7, 2005 |
It has cost me a lot, I'm playing a free game.
Danish Kaneria rues his two-word outburst at the SCG that resulted in being fined his entire match fee
Jan 4, 2005 |
Somebody told him to have spinach all the time, so he loves spinach and wherever he goes, he says spinach should be part of the diet, in Pakistan particularly. His team-mates tease him and call him Popeye the sailor man.
PCB operations manager Zakir Khan on Abdul Razzaq's odd diet, which doctors believe led to his collapse during the Melbourne Test
Jan 3, 2005 |
He smiles at me every day and I smile at him every day, so it goes all right.
Bennett King, the West Indian coach, explains that everything is fine between him and Brian Lara
Jan 2, 2005 |
Because they are white, I am sorry to say, and I am black, I am out of cricket and they're still playing.
Saleem Malik makes clear why he thinks Shane Warne and Mark Waugh weren't banned for match-fixing
Jan 2, 2005 |
You're welcome to him.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on being asked if he missed Geoff Boycott's opinions on the network. Boycott had been less than charitable in his views on Agnew on a rival station
Jan 2, 2005 |
A bloke's bowling at 150kph trying to rip the fingers off your arms or probably even worse. It gets your blood going and the adrenalin pumping. You are in a fight. And to me that's what Test cricket is all about.
Justin Langer on the joys of facing Shoaib Akhtar
Jan 1, 2005 |
I know who you are and I am coming to get you - start running."
Ian Botham leaves a message for the muggers who stole his daughter's mobile phone in Port Elizabeth
Dec 26, 2004 |
I'm certainly not able to function 100%, because I sleep too much.
Stephen Fleming introspects
Dec 25, 2004 |
It was ironic that at about the time the new deal was announced ... the agency, Athletes1, were bandying around a list of 80 or so overseas players ready and waiting to take up county positions.
Michael Atherton flags that there might be some truth in the "emotive crap" Clarke refers to
Dec 24, 2004 |
Giles Clarke, the man responsible for the ECB's TV deal, on claims that counties will spend the extra income on salaries for overseas players
Dec 24, 2004 |
There'll always be people in all walks of life who can't afford certain things.
Durham chairman Clive Leach sympathises with those arguing that they wouldn't see cricket as they couldn't pay a BSkyB subscription
Dec 23, 2004 |
If England fire a rifle, I want to fire a cannon. If they fire a peashooter, I want us to be firing a bazooka.
Ray Jennings, South Africa's coach, reveals the way the plans to tackle Steve Harmison
Dec 22, 2004 |
Put it this way, 9994 runs, if you stick a decimal point in the middle of those figures it's the same as Sir Don Bradman's Test average.
Mark Richardson puts things in perspective after missing out on 10,000 first-class runs
Dec 18, 2004 |
If there is a good thing about losing it can be the kick up the arse a team needs when maybe you're getting just a little bit too clever.
Michael Vaughan reflects on England's defeat in a warm-up match
Dec 17, 2004 |
I've made a couple of comments before about that joker and he's not the type of person you should take seriously.
Kevin Mitchell, the Gabba curator, has a go at John Bracewell and his conspiracy theories
Dec 15, 2004 |
I have a Test bowling average that is better than Sir Richard Hadlee's, and a 50-50 record in the end-of-series running race.
Mark Richardson lists his achievements after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket
Dec 13, 2004 |
I'm gonna turn on the heat, make him or break him ... no soft option.
South Africa's coach Ray Jennings on Jacques Kallis
Dec 12, 2004 |
Obviously when you have other sub-standard teams across the world, then surely Australia will end up being the No. 1 team.
Javed Miandad puts things into perspective
Dec 10, 2004 |
[He asked] why I would want to waste money on an expensive restaurant when you could get perfectly adequate food for a quarter of the price in a cheap restaurant. It was a small example, but it was the moment I knew something had gone very wrong and it disturbed me. I couldn't get the idea out of my head he would rather eat a burger than have a very pleasant meal.
Gary Kirsten explains how Hansie Cronje's eating preferences proved telling
Dec 9, 2004 |
I am quite happy to be leaving and going on to Johannesburg for what is the exciting leg of the winter.
Michael Vaughan bids a fond farewell to Zimbabwe
Dec 9, 2004 |
With the possible exception of Rolf Harris, no other Australian has inflicted more pain and grief on Englishmen since Don Bradman.
The Daily Mirror's Mike Walters reflects on Steve Waugh's retirement
Dec 7, 2004 |
It has been their failure to show the slightest respect for faithful supporters sitting in extreme discomfort in the stands. Just for a day, Dalmiya and his merry men should be made to swap places, toilets and refreshments with those they are supposed to be serving, those who ultimately pay the bills.
Peter Roebuck argues that the Indian board treat ordinary spectators with virtual contempt
Dec 7, 2004 |
Come on, his sleeves are absolutely unique.
A female fan in Kolkata explains how to recognise Sachin Tendulkar
Dec 6, 2004 |
I don't think I will ever live it down if I come second.
Darren Lehmann speaks before his foot race with Mark Richardson ... which Richardson won
Dec 5, 2004 |
The greatest blessing is that there is no third Test against New Zealand, preventing further ridicule and plummeting ticket sales.
The plain-speaking Aussie journalist Malcolm Conn on the one-sided New Zealand series
Dec 4, 2004 |
Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.
Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight
Dec 2, 2004 |
Absolute crap. The only thing it shows is India's power at the ICC table.
Former England captain Michael Atherton on the ICC's claim that its decision to overrule Sourav Ganguly's two-match ban shows its "independence"
Dec 1, 2004 |
What a steaming pile of hypocrisy all round. Another piece of horse manure in our time.
The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell on the resolution to the journalists' dispute in Zimbabwe
Nov 30, 2004 |
The leadership of the ECB seems to be inhabiting a separate, hermetically sealed universe ... and their handling of the Zimbabwe issue has produced such a crescendo of blunders and betrayals of principle that only they can fail to appreciate what an unqualified condemnation of their mismanagement it is.
Hugh McIlvanney slams the English board
Nov 29, 2004 |
The South Africans really struggled to understand the principle of the whole thing. They're very competitive and they took it a bit seriously . . . because I lost, it goes down in the record book as an unofficial dead heat.
Mark Richardson recalls his only defeat at the end-of-tour race against Neil McKenzie
Nov 28, 2004 |
We have sympathy with the people here, but the ECB is in business ... our trade is cricket and the revenue part of our trade is international cricket.
As if it wasn't obvious to everyone, ECB chairman David Morgan highlights the board's priorities
Nov 27, 2004 |
Once again, the ICC have shown themselves to be weak, pathetic and useless. They have been tinkering with laws of the game, which have served cricket well for more than 100 years while turning a blind eye to atrocities in one of their own member countries.
Ian Botham comes out firing at cricket's leaders
Nov 26, 2004 |
I've been starting Haydos up that it's like him scoring 500.
On the day he received a $10,000 cheque from his bat sponsor, Glenn McGrath can't resist baiting his team-mates
Nov 25, 2004 |
It looks more suitable for growing carrots.
ICC grounds inspector Andy Atkinson gives his honest opinion about Bermuda's new pitch
Nov 24, 2004 |
We look up to them a lot, but female cricketers should be recognised for themselves, not as the equivalent of Mark Waugh or Steve Waugh or Matthew Hayden or anybody.
Kate Blackwell, one half of Australian cricket's new twins on the block, is not so keen to invite comparisons with her male counterparts
Nov 23, 2004 |
If he'd fielded at slip off his own bowling he'd probably have 130 by now.
Mark Taylor speaks of Shane Warne's slip catching after Warne had snapped up his 99th catch in Test cricket
Nov 22, 2004 |
There has to be a very serious dilemma about representing your country on the cricket field in a land where people are suffering so much at the hands of their government.
Mike Gatting, who led an England rebel tour to South Africa during apartheid, on visiting Zimbabwe
Nov 21, 2004 |
To be heaped with praise over the years and having been named in the best teams in the world and then be called a chucker is an absolute insult.
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper-turned-commentator Ian Smith slams the ICC's finding that by its existing rules, almost all bowlers throw the ball
Nov 20, 2004 |