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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
They are rubbish wickets really.
Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, fulsome in his praise of the pitches in England
Jul 1, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
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 |