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The way they played in the World Cup and on this tour of Australia, I'd put India right at the top.

Sunil Gavaskar believes that Australia are no longer the best

Jan 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

I'd much rather be known as a great guitar player than a great batsman.

Mark Butcher shows that music is his first love

Jan 24, 2004 Tweet | Share

Lee must have seen the white ball much more easily as it came out of your dark hand.

Hemang Badani comes out with a fool-proof excuse for Lakshmipathy Balaji after Brett Lee's last-over six

Jan 23, 2004 Tweet | Share

Something was being applied to the ball quite obviously and he must have known it. It's quite conclusive on film.

ICC match referee Clive Lloyd dismisses suggestions that Rahul Dravid accidently used a cough lozenge to tamper with the ball

Jan 15, 2004 Tweet | Share

We don't enjoy anyone going but we do want people who want to play for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire's director of cricket David Byas sends Darren Gough on his way

Jan 13, 2004 Tweet | Share

Mrs Nel, fast bowlers do it quickly.

A spectator hold up a banner the day after Andre Nel's wedding

Jan 12, 2004 Tweet | Share

If I had to make one comment on them, I would say that they should get rid of a little bit of bravado and concentrate on getting the cricket right. If you look bad doing it, who really gives a damn?"

Graeme Smith, South Africa's captain, offers some advice to the West Indies team

Jan 11, 2004 Tweet | Share

There is a big difference between protecting one man for 24 hours inside a room and protecting about 20 in open spaces full of tens of thousands of people over four weeks.

India Today highlights the security differences between protecting India's prime minister and protecting a cricket team in Pakistan

Jan 10, 2004 Tweet | Share

When Zoral Barthley [chief cricket operations officer] passed the team on to me after he spoke to Sir Viv Richards on the phone, it was hand-written and had the name C-Paul, which I interpreted as C Baugh."

Derrick Nicholas, of the West Indies board, explains why Shivnarine Chanderpaul's name was initially missing from the squad for the South African one-day series

Jan 9, 2004 Tweet | Share

In the past we have collapsed well before the last day. At least we are fighting hard and reaching the final day now.

Brian Lara, West Indies' captain, takes the positives from a disappointing tour so far of South Africa

Jan 9, 2004 Tweet | Share

It probably dates back to the '60s and '70s when we scored about one win a decade and then spent the next decade celebrating it.

John Bracewell, the New Zealand coach, talks about their lack of consistency

Jan 8, 2004 Tweet | Share

I think he would have got a hundred just hitting along the ground ... the next bloody thing that comes out is that sweep and, Jeez, I hate that shot.

Rodger Waugh, Steve's father, reflects on his son's final Test innings

Jan 6, 2004 Tweet | Share

When you look at the Australian team, they're not the youngest now; some of them are getting a bit long in the tooth. Someone told me that the Australian bowls team is a younger average age than the cricket team."

Heath Streak on the Australian one-day team ahead of the VB Series

Jan 3, 2004 Tweet | Share

I wish he did his politics like his bowling. He would be a lot easier to beat."

Mark Latham, leader of the opposition in Australia, comments on Prime Minister John Howard's offbreaks.

Jan 2, 2004 Tweet | Share

I just hope, in all honesty, that Steve will walk if he hits it, you know what I mean? I would hate to be bringing up my bent finger as a controversial decision. I hope he'll go nice and easy - caught in the covers or bowled middle stump. I just hope he doesn't get his pads in the way or his bat's wide enough to get a thin edge.

Umpire Billy Bowden is anxious he doesn't become a tragic Waugh story

Jan 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

We wouldn't go into this Test if we didn't think we could win it."

Brian Lara before the third Test against South Africa

Jan 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

There is no real sadness. I don't feel it is a sad occasion. I just feel I am lucky.

Steve Waugh prepares to exit the big time

Jan 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

I play my natural game. If the ball is there for hitting then I hit it. That's it, nothing else. I'm not disappointed because the ball was loose and you go for a loose ball. It doesn't matter if I'm out or not."

Virender Sehwag explains his uncomplicated approach to batting

Jan 1, 2004 Tweet | Share

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