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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

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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Half a decade since his ban ended, Maurice Odumbe continues to live with the stigma of corruption. By Tim Wigmore

    Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Numbers Game: Only five Pakistanis have scored 15-plus hundreds, but his appetite for tons matches that of the best

From oranje to green and gold

Netherlands' batting mainstay Tom Cooper dreams of playing for Australia, his country of birth. By Peter Miller

'Gilchrist always looked to take on the spinners'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss Adam Gilchrist's adaptability

The bias of umpires

Scott Oliver: Understanding the historical trends in decision-making might help you deal with your own iffy calls. Or maybe not

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How India weeds out its suspect actions

The BCCI set up a three-man committee to tackle the problem of chucking at age-group and domestic cricket, and it has produced significant results in five years

A rock, a hard place and the WICB

The board's latest standoff with its players has had embarrassing consequences internationally, so any resolution now needs to be approached thoughtfully

Twin Asian challenges await Australia

What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan

Kohli back to old habits

Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala

WICB must tread on eggshells with care

The WICB statement should cool down emotions and allow all parties involved to take the next step forward

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