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I'm glad I didn't catch it now because he would have laughed so much that it would have been the end of his innings.

Colin Flintoff, Andrew's dad, sees the brighter side after muffing a catch in the stands at Edgbaston

Jul 30, 2004 Tweet | Share

He may not quite have made the leap ... to Hedley Verity status but he has certainly left wheelie-binnery far behind.

Henry Blofeld makes a public apology to Ashley Giles, after years of jocular comments about his bowling action and effectiveness

Jul 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

Any time the West Indies lose, I cry.

Lance Gibbs, the former West Indian offspinner and world-record Test wicket-taker

Jul 28, 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

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 The unstoppable juggernaut has been replaced by the circus clown's car - one parp on the horn and all the doors fall off.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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

There must surely be young wicketkeepers in India, hiding somewhere, waiting to come out. We have to discover them.

Farokh Engineer on the dearth of good specialist wicketkeepers in India

Jul 22, 2004 Tweet | Share

When people say I'm a subcontinental specialist, I say it's nice to be special at something

Michael Kasprowicz gets philosophical

Jul 21, 2004 Tweet | Share

I don't believe there is any connection between my wicketkeeping and my batting.

Rahul Dravid reacts to suggestions that his wicketkeeping is affecting his batting

Jul 20, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

I just have to be patient. I've found myself rushing and I don't need to rush. I score freely anyway.

Andrew Symonds on getting back into the Test team

Jul 19, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 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

[Lara] has also had the great misfortune to be captaining the West Indies at their lowest ebb. Captain Ahab couldn't stop this ship from sinking.

Michael Atherton on the problems Brian Lara faced

Jul 17, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

My son is having to play in borrowed boots and trousers. If it had been the England team they would have walked the journey with the misplaced luggage."

Mrs Leoni Nel, the mother of the Scotland fast bowler, Dewald, accuses British Airways of treating her son like a second-class citizen, after his kit went missing en route to Holland. BA dismissed the claims as "absolute rubbish"

Jul 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

I think the important thing about this competition is that we've never won it.

Matthew Hayden's take on the Champions Trophy

Jul 16, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

Every time there's been a script written, I've just about done it. I suppose I'm allowed one that I don't get every now and then.

Shane Warne reflects on the one that got away, as the outright world record eludes him against Sri Lanka at Cairns

Jul 14, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's strokes like these that help me hear the clanging chimes of doom for Ridley Jacobs.

Mark Nicholas foretells the end for Ridley as Carlton Baugh brings up his first half-century for West Indies with a stylish drive through the covers at Old Trafford

Jul 14, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

I think Shane will bowl first somehow.

Cameron White, Shane Warne's fellow legspinner in the Victorian side, reveals the pecking order after being appointed as the state's captain

Jul 11, 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

There is a popular misconception that umpires are a refuge of time-warp-locked geriatrics waiting for a listing in Genesis.

Barrie Stuart-King, chairman of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers, tells it as it is

Jul 9, 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

We need a meeting of minds to see if Tests still work.

Darren Millien, West Indies Cricket Board's chief marketing officer, questions the relevance of Test cricket in the modern world

Jul 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

Steve Waugh had once said that 'If we get Laxman, it's a miracle'.

Brett Lee reiterates the Australians' awe for VVS Laxman

Jul 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

I've got no idea who I'm playing for tomorrow ... but it doesn't really matter; the point is I'm here and I am having an interesting experience.

Former Australian international Colin Miller on life in the American ProCricket League

Jul 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

It turned out we were all sacked three times in a month. Can that have happened anywhere before?

Stuart Carlisle tries to explain the unique situation in their country

Jul 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

They are rubbish wickets really.

Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, fulsome in his praise of the pitches in England

Jul 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

I came over here to play cricket and to get a chance of looking round Europe."

James Franklin reveals his original off-season plans in England before being called up to the New Zealand Test and one-day teams

Jun 28, 2004 Tweet | Share

I wouldn't be surprised if I just had a suntan after a couple of weeks, but you can't really complain about that, can you?

Stuart MacGill talks down his prospects of getting a game, after earning a late call-up to Australia's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Darwin

Jun 27, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

There were thousands of them, apparently attracted by the colour. Not everybody had their dark blue uniform with them, so we had several players wearing the same name and number."

David Byas, Yorkshire's director of cricket, explains why a change of kit was needed after a swarm of insects took fancy to the county's one-day strip

Jun 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

It [the Caribbean] is an incredible place, and whatever people say will be a fantastic venue for the World Cup. So what if a plane's a bit late and you hang around an airport for a few hours or the PA system at the ground is up the spout?

Michael Vaughan supports the decision to stage the 2007 World Cup in West Indies

Jun 22, 2004 Tweet | Share

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