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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

I admit I am selfish

Nasser Hussain in confessional mood after retiring from all forms of the game

May 31, 2004 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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 Tweet | Share

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'You should not be embarrassing your country'

"If you do not want to be playing Test cricket for India, quit. Just play limited-overs cricket. You should not be embarrassing your country like that."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar

"It's a disgrace to think that India have been blown away in 29 overs under blue skies on a pitch that was only doing a bit. They should be embarrassed. Some of those strokes were of players who didn't want to fight for their country."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan

"India were pathetic when they had to bat and bowl on two seaming, swinging pitches at Old Trafford and The Oval... The Indian batsmen were like lambs to the slaughter."
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott