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Normally the Poms rely on pitches that have not had a drink for longer than Bob Hawke or else have been affected by the sort of disease normally found only among Ukrainian politicians.

Peter Roebuck reflects on the pitches prepared for the Ashes and how Australia were done in on firm surfaces

Dec 28, 2005 Tweet | Share

There were two sections up at the southern end that were also like putty. It was unacceptable wicket preparation and a bit disappointing for the players. It was embarrassing.

Blunt talking from an unnamed official of Cricket Australia about the poor MCG pitch on Boxing Day

Dec 28, 2005 Tweet | Share

It is Warne who regularly does the moves with field positions and he constantly tries to prescribe to Ponting what to do. He is a real old showman who wants the attention to be focused on him all the time."

Graeme Smith hits back at Shane Warne and suggests Warne covets captaincy

Dec 27, 2005 Tweet | Share

Shahid Afridi did nothing worse last week than 99% of professional cricketers have been guilty of doing at some stage of their careers. His mistake was to get caught. Every cricket team I played in discussed, at some stage, how to scuff up a pitch on a spinner's length.

Mike Atherton puts pitch-scuffing in context

Dec 25, 2005 Tweet | Share

Bill Lawry is just a one-eyed old fart: not worth feeding or getting worked up about ... life is too short to endure Mr [Tony] Greig at any hour, much less before breakfast.

South African writer Telford Vice lets rip against couple of commentators

Dec 22, 2005 Tweet | Share

I am heartbroken ... this is like an attempt to end my career.

Shabbir Ahmed reacts to being handed a one-year ban by the ICC following his action being reported for a second time

Dec 21, 2005 Tweet | Share

People have a pop at the ICC. We don't mind that as long as its constructive.

ICC president Ehsan Mani reacts to recent criticism over Zimbabwe, sledging, supersubs, Powerplays ...

Dec 19, 2005 Tweet | Share

Jennings was to orthodoxy what King Herod was to child-minding.

Mike Atherton reviews 2005 and mentions Ray Jennings' less-than-standard method of coaching

Dec 18, 2005 Tweet | Share

Every demagogue in town has vented his spleen. Every Tom, Dick and Soumitra has voiced an opinion.

Peter Roebuck on the hysterical reaction accompanying Sourav Ganguly's exclusion

Dec 17, 2005 Tweet | Share

They do nothing about blokes chucking, they do nothing about all this other stuff; they are more worried about words, that is all they are, full of words, the ICC. They always look like they are doing something but they do nothing. They are the biggest bullshitters in the world. What a waste of space.

Former Aussie paceman Jeff Thomson sets out his bid for a place on the ICC executive board

Dec 14, 2005 Tweet | Share

He said I looked like Tarzan, and wondered how I could bowl fast looking like that.

Shoaib Akhtar reveals how Andrew Flintoff inadvertently boosted his will to win

Dec 14, 2005 Tweet | Share

We left Downing Street and there was a lot of photographers. He said: 'What do they want?' So I looked at him and said: 'A photo, you knob!'

Matthew Hoggard jokes on They Think It's All Over about what he said during a spot of post-Ashes hobnobbing with Tony Blair at Downing Street

Dec 13, 2005 Tweet | Share

Quite a few Pakistani players used to drink maybe three or four years ago but now the team is more religious and alcohol is never allowed.

Azhar Mahmood on Pakistan's new approach

Dec 12, 2005 Tweet | Share

I hope it will be quick - that will turn me on. I enjoy pace.

AB de Villiers hopes for a pacy pitch for the first Test at Perth

Dec 11, 2005 Tweet | Share

We don't want cricket being reduced to a level where it turns into a hooligans' sport and the spirit of the game is eroded. We can't have a situation like we see in football.

ICC president Ehsan Mani shows he is not a great supporter of the beautiful game

Dec 11, 2005 Tweet | Share

They might need one by the time we've finished with them.

Shane Warne approves of South Africa's plans to fly a psychologist from Johannesburg to motivate the players before the first Test at Perth

Dec 10, 2005 Tweet | Share

I am against the ICC. The reason is it's run by all the goras [whites].

Wasim Akram makes a comment that would get others in deep trouble. It also ignores the way the ICC is made up. Aside from that, nothing controversial

Dec 9, 2005 Tweet | Share

Life without sport is like life without underpants.

Life according to Billy "Y-front" Bowden

Dec 8, 2005 Tweet | Share

Apples being thrown at your head is something we don't want to happen in cricket.

Brett Lee states the bleeding obvious

Dec 5, 2005 Tweet | Share

If you're playing a big match you shouldn't be breaking your sleep. Do they not regard Pakistan as a threat? I'm sure the players will all put their hands up and say it didn't affect them, but how the hell do they know? The two guys who went to bed and had eight hours sleep batted very well."

Geoff Boycott on the wisdom of Andrew Flintoff getting up at 3am to accept the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Hours later Flintoff made 0 against Pakistan

Dec 4, 2005 Tweet | Share

I am amazed that the ICC sees fit to warn players, and even past players, in the media. If there are genuine concerns that players may offend the spirit of the game then this should be taken up with them directly and not in the form of a public lecture."

The CEO of the South African Cricketers' Association, Tony Irish, joins in the backlash against the ICC

Dec 2, 2005 Tweet | Share

It isn't quite monotonous.

Waqar Younis retains a degree of diplomacy when asked about the chanting of the Barmy Army at Lahore

Dec 1, 2005 Tweet | Share

You see the way Gilly throws the ball in the air. He tends to play on his walking, his honesty, but he still tries to burgle anyone and everyone.

Former New Zealand opener Mark Richardson on Adam Gilchrist

Dec 1, 2005 Tweet | Share

Daryl Harper - hopeless, Billy Bowden - a showpony,. Steve Bucknor - past his sell-by date.

Former England captain turned pundit Bob Willis slams the ICC's elite umpires

Nov 30, 2005 Tweet | Share

I always viewed him as a once-in-20 games bowler.

Arjuna Ranatunga offers his frank views on Ajit Agarkar

Nov 29, 2005 Tweet | Share

We're the new Surrey.

Paul Collingwood is delighted that Durham have three players in the England team

Nov 28, 2005 Tweet | Share

There is no one to play the village idiot as Darren Gough used to do ... but I've got a Playstation and loads of DVDs. Between us, we've got about 300 different films and documentaries, so there's no need to watch any repeats.

Marcus Trescothick on the delights of touring

Nov 27, 2005 Tweet | Share

Shoaib, leave the chicken man alone, and start your practice.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer to Shoaib Akhtar as he chatted to Kevin Pietersen

Nov 27, 2005 Tweet | Share

I won't be clambering down any chimneys as Santa or ice-skating in Norway this Christmas.

Ashley Giles explains the limitations his hip surgery has imposed on him. But does this mean that he does climb down chimneys every other Christmas?

Nov 27, 2005 Tweet | Share

We are told, nonetheless, that it is a done deal, that to unravel it would cost millions. This is spin of a type that Ashley Giles could only dream of.

David Brook, who is leading the campaign to ditch the ECB deal with subscription channel BSkyB and restore English cricket to free-to-air stations

Nov 25, 2005 Tweet | Share

A player hesitates over a decision on TV and gets fined, or has a bat logo too large and gets the same treatment. A whole nation's cricket fraternity is about to collapse, and because of some weird rule in the constitution, it cannot get involved.

Henry Olonga on the (in)action of the ICC over Zimbabwe's internal battle

Nov 24, 2005 Tweet | Share

If there is one England player who can claim to be Botham's heir, it is Kevin Pietersen, the team peacock, as much of a fashion victim now as Botham was 20 years ago. Botham never attempted the dead skunk look, but his hair and sense of dress have made some other drastic turns.

Patrick Kidd on the fashion sense of Ian Botham

Nov 22, 2005 Tweet | Share

The left index finger was raised slowly, but more hesitantly than usual, in answer to the familiar war dance the Australians describe as an appeal.

Tony Cozier on the controversial dismissal of Brian Lara in the second innings of the second Test at Hobart

Nov 21, 2005 Tweet | Share

I like Sourav's arrogance. I don't like him begging for a place. He should stand tall and perform consistently to get back into the team. That is the Sourav Ganguly I know.

Kapil Dev has some advice for Sourav Ganguly

Nov 21, 2005 Tweet | Share

I would pay good money to watch him bat when I retire from coaching.

Bob Woolmer joins the Shahid Afridi fan club after his batting assault at Faisalabad

Nov 20, 2005 Tweet | Share

People have said it must be disappointing to be involved in some one-sided Test wins after the excitement of the series in England, but I'm not sure I'll ever be disappointed about not being involved in a competitive series after the Ashes experience.

Ricky Ponting admits to liking that winning feeling

Nov 19, 2005 Tweet | Share

No foreplay, little titillation. Just wham, bam, thank you ma'am and not even time for a post-coital cigarette.

Charles Happell on the crammed 2006-07 Ashes schedule

Nov 17, 2005 Tweet | Share

It is difficult to see how they can make rational decisions on cricket when they see so little of the game outside of the lavishly catered internationals.

Former South African board chairman Ray White on the lack of regional administrators watching the top-of-the-table clash between Highveld Lions and the Cape Cobras

Nov 16, 2005 Tweet | Share

I told my boys that I have kept my record of losing finals intact.

Sourav Ganguly lets out a wry smile after East Zone lose in the Duleep Trophy final

Nov 15, 2005 Tweet | Share

Martin Luther King had a dream. I have a nightmare. It involves watching the end of the next Ashes sitting in London Cricket Unit No. 2, surrounded by City boys on the jolly, sipping a lukewarm £6 pot of ICC beer-style beverage ... it's another example of the ICC's attempt to 'own' every aspect of world cricket.

The ICC's new regulations on bringing alcohol into grounds come under attack in the Wisden Cricketer

Nov 15, 2005 Tweet | Share

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