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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
Why's that guy leaving? He can't just go - is he fed up with it?
The former Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, shows her bemusement as she watches a wicket fall during a club match in Richmond
Jun 21, 2004 |
This is a clear breach of contract, which I consider unethical.
Javed Miandad makes plain his feelings, after being sacked as Pakistan's coach
Jun 20, 2004 |
Most of us lefties were always complaining of the Harmison hit - a purple bruise on the hip and thigh.
Mark Richardson looks back with painful memories on New Zealand's Test series against England
Jun 20, 2004 |
I haven't seen it. I am a bit of a purist; a bit of a snob. I like to see technique. I like to see the aesthetic beauty of the game.
Frank Tyson's take on Twenty20 cricket
Jun 18, 2004 |
Good luck to them. While we're not allowed to do it in New Zealand, they're obviously allowed to do it over here. Our policy is to produce the best cricket wickets possible, not ones that suit the home team.
John Bracewell, New Zealand's coach, suggests that the recent Test wickets were tailored to suit England
Jun 17, 2004 |
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 |
I take great pride in playing for my country, but there comes a time when if you feel no-one wants you, you wonder why you do it."
Ashley Giles reveals he came close to quitting before playing a vital role in England's third Test victory at Trent Bridge
Jun 15, 2004 |
I just want some quiet time, sit up there especially with Flem [Stephen Fleming] and Nathan [Astle], have a couple of drinks and just talk garbage.
Chris Cairns reveals his plans for the evening after playing his final Test
Jun 14, 2004 |
In the one-day side I believe I've done everything I can and it seems it's not enough.
Chris Read reacts to his omission from the one-day squad for the NatWest Series
Jun 13, 2004 |
Do we want to be breaking Bradman's records in these circumstances?
An unnamed Cricket Australia offical when asked about the Tests against Zimbabwe
Jun 11, 2004 |
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 |
I think he's the first of the modern players to really show the strain of being a professional. cricketer.
Bob Simpson cites a factor that affected Michael Slater's career
Jun 10, 2004 |
We found Rob Nicol, the Auckland batsman, on the terraces this afternoon, luckily before he went to the bar.
John Bracewell after New Zealand's desperate search for substitute fielders in the second Test against England at Headingley
Jun 7, 2004 |
Another long day at the office - too long, I reckon.
Mark Butcher bemoans the regulations which meant that the hours of play at Headingley were extended to make up for lost time. The fourth day started at 11am and finished shortly after 7.30pm
Jun 6, 2004 |
Why should every pitch mirror all the others? That's crap.
David Byas, Yorkshire's blunt-talking director of cricket, dismisses suggestions that tracks should be prepared to favour turn and so encourage England's young spinners
Jun 4, 2004 |
Today is a memorable day and I am happier today than I was when I scored the triple century, because my university has organised a special function to award a degree to a single student.
Virender Sehwag is in an ecstatic mood after being awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree
Jun 2, 2004 |
The whole Zimbabwe fiasco ... was a low point for world cricket, the ICC and the ECB. All that happened ... was a complete shemozzle. I think the way the ICC handled that situation was diabolical.
Nasser Hussain vents his fury in an interview on Sky TV
Jun 1, 2004 |
I admit I am selfish
Nasser Hussain in confessional mood after retiring from all forms of the game
May 31, 2004 |
Trescothick should go back to Somerset and learn how to play again.
Shane Warne starts the sledging, with the Ashes a year away
May 29, 2004 |
If I get one more, I don't think it will be goodnight to cricket, it might be goodnight to Mark Vermeulen."
Mark Vermeulen, who has already copped three bouncers on the head, on the likely repercussions of another blow
May 28, 2004 |
Formula One racing is real-world proof of chaos theory. As is Zimbabwe, but without the same number of hotties trackside.
John Birmingham, noted Australian author and columnist
May 27, 2004 |
I would rather players get angry when they're dropped than take it lying down.
David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, on Darren Gough's angry newspaper interview
May 26, 2004 |
My friend was saying Pakistan this and Pakistan that so I asked him to put his money where his mouth is.
Jake Caratella from Leicester explains how a friend of his bet - and lost - £50,000 on Pakistan beating India in the recent Test and one-day series
May 26, 2004 |
I don't want to see a young lad who got 200 [runs] in a game left out for me."
Nasser Hussain puts forward one of the reasons for retirement after his matchwinning hundred at Lord's
May 25, 2004 |
Personally, I'm very disappointed because I went there to play cricket. I don't think you can ever say they're cheapened runs in Test cricket."
Justin Langer frets about his batting average, as Australia's Test players fly home from Zimbabwe
May 24, 2004 |
I had a close mate to come in next and he told me to stop whingeing and get on with it."
Nasser Hussain explains how Graham Thorpe helped him to refocus, after running Andrew Strauss out for 83 at Lord's
May 24, 2004 |
I don't really need to say too much about that. Generally the people out on the pitch are the ones who know how to play the game, not the people who are writing about it.
Marcus Trescothick's answer when asked why he didn't take the second new ball on the fourth afternoon
May 21, 2004 |
Sometimes I wish I was Adam Gilchrist."
Mark Richardson makes a candid confession after his six-hour 93 on the first day of the Lord's Test
May 19, 2004 |
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 |
At 10 for 2, I've done it for you.
Nasser Hussain comes over all poetic as he defends his reputation as a nuggetty Test batsman
May 17, 2004 |
I did it in the last series against Smith because we saw an emotion that we could tap into ... I won't be doing it to Marcus."
Stephen Fleming shows his magnanimity and spares Trescothick the treatment which he meted out to Graeme Smith earlier this year
May 16, 2004 |
We just have to be careful what we say about Mugabe. I've got no big deal about it, I'm just there to watch the cricket and I don't give a rat's arse what he does about his country."
Dean Jones, Fox Sports commentator and former Australian batsman adopts the ostrich approach to the Zimbabwe crisis
May 15, 2004 |
Well, that's fine - so you do have a record of 10 others that are worse or 12 others that are worse.
ZCU chairman Peter Chingoka misses the point after it was pointed out that Zimbabwe's two massive defeats by Sri Lanka were among the worst dozen in Test history
May 13, 2004 |
It is quite surprising that one is unfit in Pakistan and by reaching England gets fit overnight.
Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, is piqued at Shoaib Akhtar playing for Durham immediately after landing in England
May 12, 2004 |
I'm confused. Really, really confused.
After arriving in Zimbabwe, Adam Gilchrist is no longer sure about his stand on touring the country
May 10, 2004 |