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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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

I'm certainly not able to function 100%, because I sleep too much.

Stephen Fleming introspects

Dec 25, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

Emotive crap.

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

[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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

Come on, his sleeves are absolutely unique.

A female fan in Kolkata explains how to recognise Sachin Tendulkar

Dec 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

It looks more suitable for growing carrots.

ICC grounds inspector Andy Atkinson gives his honest opinion about Bermuda's new pitch

Nov 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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