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He's not there much at the moment, he's usually out in the middle.

Michael Vaughan, when asked about the effect that Andrew Flintoff has been having on the England dressing-room

Sep 5, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's brilliant, I can't say any more than that."

Alex Wharf keeps his feelings under wraps after his England call-up

Sep 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

It is high time we made it a law that when a toss is won, we must bat.

Kris Srikkanth's take on India's decision to field first in the second match of the NatWest Challenge at The Oval

Sep 4, 2004 Tweet | Share

The fielding, often geriatric during the one-day disappointments of earlier in the summer, seemed to have received a dose of Viagra.

Mike Dickson of the Daily Mail on England's out-cricket

Sep 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

The Asia Cup telecast was a case in point. There was a teapot bobbing up and down on the screen and at one time the viewers could not see whether a catch was taken or not.

Campbell Jamieson, the ICC's commercial manager, bemoans the increased intrusion of adverts into TV coverage

Sep 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

The Indian batsmen definitely owe an apology to their fans.

Javagal Srinath hits out after India's loss to England in the first match of the NatWest Challenge

Sep 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

I'm not a fan of that sort of stuff. It's hard enough for the umpires to concentrate on what's going on without a lot of things going off in their ears.

Ricky Ponting feels that the experiments with technology might pose many teething problems for the umpires

Sep 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

It's already something special to play in 100 matches, but in my case it's even better, because I've worked 10 years for this.

Nicky Boje expresses his delight

Aug 31, 2004 Tweet | Share

The thing about India is that while they will miss Sachin, they have the ability to put out another batsman nearly as good.

Michael Vaughan gives overestimation a new meaning before the first match of the NatWest Challenge

Aug 31, 2004 Tweet | Share

We don't want to raise the level of expectation too high. While you are riding the board you don't want to come crashing off and end up chewing sand.

John Bracewell's reaction when told that New Zealand had won 13 of their last 15 one-dayers

Aug 30, 2004 Tweet | Share

Pat Symcox did three weeks' commentary work on the Asia Cup - prior to our tour to Sri Lanka. Yet nobody took the trouble to phone Pat and pick his brain about the conditions and the Sri Lankan team. That is pathetic.

Fanie de Villiers laments that the South African team isn't making use of the available know-how

Aug 29, 2004 Tweet | Share

Why not? Someone's got to do it.

Bob Woolmer's reply when asked if Australia can be beaten in the final at Amsterdam

Aug 28, 2004 Tweet | Share

It was like being defeated and I am not one of those who stays on the canvas. I wanted to get back up and bop him on the chin.

England's Gareth Batty recalls the feeling when he was the bowler as Brian Lara reached his 400 in Antigua in April

Aug 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

My prediction? 3-0."

Glenn McGrath's prediction for next year's Ashes shows he is unfazed by all the talk of England's revival

Jul 31, 2004 Tweet | Share

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

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