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Ladies and gentlemen, the Sri Lankan captain, Hashan Tillakaratne, has effected a bowling change and has brought on Sri Lanka's exuberant exponent of exaggerated offspin, Muttiah Muralitharan.

The stadium announcer at the SSC comes over all lyrical as Sri Lanka close in on a record victory against England

Dec 21, 2003 Tweet | Share

We have been on the ropes for three games and the final knockout blow was today. You can only keep taking so many punches, but we could not withstand any more.

England captain Michael Vaughan after being counted out in the third Test, in Colombo

Dec 21, 2003 Tweet | Share

Ashley Giles made a simple attempt at a top-edged hook by Mahela Jayawardene look like a Mr Bean Christmas special.

Peter Hayter despairs of England's fielding in Colombo in the Mail on Sunday

Dec 20, 2003 Tweet | Share

India have now won three of their last four Tests against Australia ... maybe they are simply a better side.

The Daily Telegraph's Robert Craddock reacts to India's sensational win at Adelaide

Dec 18, 2003 Tweet | Share

I'm not sure how many people will play cricket once they have experienced the emotion of driving a sled down a luge track.

Shiva Keshavan, luge athlete and India's only representative in the last two winter Olympics, on a threat to the national game

Dec 18, 2003 Tweet | Share

I love each and every one of you but, like my like my own family, you thrill, you frustrate, you anger.

Australia's coach John Buchanan lets his charges know what he feels after the defeat by India at Adelaide

Dec 18, 2003 Tweet | Share

It's not as if they know what I am bowling, it's almost as if they don't really seem to care what I am bowling.

Stuart MacGill's self-esteem takes a beating after the Adelaide Test

Dec 16, 2003 Tweet | Share

Twenty years ago that attitude was the norm but I thought world cricket had changed and that teams now tried to win. I was proved wrong at Kandy."

Sri Lanka's coach John Dyson criticises England's go-slow on the final day of the second Test

Dec 15, 2003 Tweet | Share

As the assault gathered momentum, still more men were despatched in a vain attempt to stem the flow. Nothing changed. Sourav Ganguly and his threadbare attack died the death of a thousand cuts."

Peter Roebuck watches India taken apart on the first day of the Adelaide Test

Dec 13, 2003 Tweet | Share

Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream / Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair ... No Ball!

The Barmy Army serenades Muttiah Muralitharan to the tune of "Row Row Row The Boat, Gently Down The Stream"

Dec 13, 2003 Tweet | Share

We're all fit and well ... well, those of us who are here."

Brian Lara after injuries forced three players to return home ahead of the first Test against South Africa

Dec 11, 2003 Tweet | Share

I never believe there is any point looking at the surface ... you only get depressed.

Stuart MacGill reveals his inner self-doubt ahead of the Adelaide Test against India

Dec 10, 2003 Tweet | Share

A ****ing cheat, a ****ing chucker"

Nasser Hussain's alleged welcome to Muttiah Muralitharan as he came out to bat at Kandy. Muralitharan reported the incident to the match referee, but no action was taken

Dec 10, 2003 Tweet | Share

Australian cricket, or 'Cricket Australia' as they prefer to be known, is doing everything possible to stamp out personality, character and individual thinking from the sport. And it's pathetic to watch. [They] are behaving like anally retentive librarians."

Neil Manthorp attacks Cricket Australia in the light of the decision to reprimand Brad Williams for his breathtaking comment that he bowls with "the wrong arm" (a reference to the numbe rof left-armers in the side)

Dec 10, 2003 Tweet | Share

As far as farewells go, this was like Dame Nellie Melba getting a frog in her throat. Then falling into the orchestra pit.

The Sydney Morning Herald's Trevor Marshallsea on Steve Waugh's bad day at Brisbane

Dec 9, 2003 Tweet | Share

Does the ICC think that Harper is indispensable, or do they have double standards on the reports of the captains? Or is it that the ICC has double standards for Asian and non-Asian umpires?

Sri Lanka's Island newspaper gives its views on umpire Daryl Harper

Dec 9, 2003 Tweet | Share

His latest weapon, a leg-break delivered with the whiplash arm of a spitting cobra, looks a vaguely suspicious contortion ... but unless the ICC bigwigs decide to take another look at [his] unorthodox action, he is going to add substantially to his haul of 461 Test wickets in the next three weeks.

The Mirror's Mike Walters fires the first accusation of the summer about Muttiah Muralitharan's action

Dec 7, 2003 Tweet | Share

When a man who has hardly appealed for a year suddenly exercises his vocal chords every few minutes a sore throat should not be too much of a surprise.

The Guardian's David Hopps on Ashley Giles's illness

Dec 7, 2003 Tweet | Share

There's a lot of talk about this Test match and a lot of talk about myself, but the important message is that cricket is bigger than any individual.

Steve Waugh trys to play down the increasing attention on his retirement at the end of the series against India

Dec 6, 2003 Tweet | Share

The last series I played here [Sri Lanka] was the toughest of my life ... so for a young offspinner it's going to be even tougher. I'm just glad the lifeguards dragged him in.

Ashley Giles reveals his relief that Gareth Batty was rescued from drowning to enable him to face an altogether different ordeal

Dec 4, 2003 Tweet | Share

I get the impression that when they are on the field, they are thinking about the commerce, and when they are doing their commerce, they are thinking about their game.

Bishan Bedi offers some typically controversial views on the current India team

Nov 30, 2003 Tweet | Share

The whole tour has ended up being a complete farce. We didn't look at any weather forecast, we just depended on the English board knowing what they were doing. We've spent about £2500 coming out to watch England and it's really hard to take."

An England supporter speaks on behalf of the many who travelled to Sri Lanka to watch the soggy one-day series

Nov 23, 2003 Tweet | Share

Daddy, I don't want you to go away any more."

Steve Waugh reveals that a comment from his daughter across the breakfast table prompted his decision to retire

Nov 19, 2003 Tweet | Share

We were in the game for about 1.2 overs

Michael Vaughan after England's dismal showing in the first one-dayer in Sri Lanka

Nov 18, 2003 Tweet | Share

This is the weakest-looking England side I can remember. I watched them struggle to beat Bangladesh in Dhaka and they are nowhere near as good as the sides I faced."

Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lanka captain, says what he thinks about the visiting England side

Nov 15, 2003 Tweet | Share

Maybe some people didn't really understand what I meant.

Bangaldesh coach Dav Whatmore ponders why his instructions on how to counter England's bowlers made little difference in the second ODI

Nov 11, 2003 Tweet | Share

Test Match Special is all chocolate cakes and jolly japes, but I didn't enjoy being called a wheelie-bin, and nor did my family.

Ashley Giles admits that he was not amused by Henry Blofeld's descriptive wit

Nov 10, 2003 Tweet | Share

The dressing room is sacrosanct. Nobody goes in there without the permission of the coach or captain, and the testers did not have permission.

An unnamed Surrey player explains why UK Sport officials were made to wait nine hours before being given a urine sample

Nov 5, 2003 Tweet | Share

There are three great international team sports in Australia: cricket, rugby (two codes), and Pom-bashing. But the greatest of these is the last, and it is time we prepared ourselves for the greatest celebration of Pom-bashing since Bodyline, the 1930s cricket tour that became an international incident. That one rankles to this day and is otherwise known as the longest whinge in sporting history.

The Times' Simon Barnes anticipates an upturn in anti-English feeling in the Australian media ahead of the rugby World Cup final

Nov 4, 2003 Tweet | Share

The over before I got Tendulkar out, I just turned to Punter and just said I'd get him a wicket next over. It was more arse than class, I think!"

Michael Clarke on his surprising scalp of Sachin Tendulkar during the fourth TVS Cup match

Nov 2, 2003 Tweet | Share

My timing has been perfect all game. Test cricket is about playing the situation, not being an individual.

Nasser Hussain is less than amused at a suggestion that his innings against Bangladesh was less than thrilling

Nov 1, 2003 Tweet | Share

The West Indies tour has become a rip-off. I'm not going now."

A regular follower of England overseas reacts to the news that ticket prices in the West Indies have been increased by almost 600%

Nov 1, 2003 Tweet | Share

When I was playing the game we never had the benefit of TV or video to analyse our techniques or look at faults, we depended on other cricketers to watch us and then tell us what they thought we were doing wrong.

The straight-talking Geoffrey Boycott on his visit to the opening of the English academy at Loughborough

Nov 1, 2003 Tweet | Share

We have enough players in our squad here who can hit the ball over the ropes. So, hopefully, at some stage there will be a role there for a nudger and nurdler like me. It's not a glamorous role, but it is there.

England hopeful Andrew Strauss on the difficulties of not being known as a big hitter

Oct 31, 2003 Tweet | Share

I'm a pretty emotional person. I'm basically the opposite of what I'm perceived as on the cricket field. When you drop a player as captain, you become emotional. You don't cry, but you feel like crying.

Steve Waugh spoils his hard man image

Oct 30, 2003 Tweet | Share

His claim of being an allrounder is clearly more a reflection of his physique than abilities in Test cricket.

Bangladesh's New Age newspaper debates the abilities of the national captain, Khaled Mahmud

Oct 30, 2003 Tweet | Share

We were wondering just what could be done when Brian suggested we use the instrument they use in golf to make green holes to gouge the offending area out."

Gundappa Viswanath reveals how Brian Lara's golfing knowledge helped him out after the heavy roller incident at Harare

Oct 30, 2003 Tweet | Share

If someone has a cute figure, they are known to have a nice Chaminda.

Kerry O'Keeffe, the former Australian Test player and current commentator, on Chaminda Vaas's contribution to Australian slang

Oct 29, 2003 Tweet | Share

The need of the hour is to replace ignorant curators with knowledgable ones. Otherwise, it could prove catastrophic for Test cricket.

Javagal Srinath has a blunt comment on groundsmen in India

Oct 27, 2003 Tweet | Share

I'm a thick-set guy. I can't get below 16 stone without making myself ill."

Ian Blackwell explains his full figure

Oct 27, 2003 Tweet | Share

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