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I don't care whether I bore the hell out of the opposition but I am going to try and bat as long as possible.

Saurashtra batsman Shitanshu Kotak before batting six hours for 73 as his side looked for a semi-final clinching draw against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Kotak's strike-rate this season is 34.75

Dec 30, 2007 Tweet | Share

I've played 250 one-day games ... I'll sign it for you later.

Michael Kasprowicz's sarcastic response after Redbacks batsman Mark Cosgrove asked him to remove his white wrist band on his non-bowling arm. Brings back memories of Dean Jones and Curtly Ambrose, doesn't it?

Dec 29, 2007 Tweet | Share

We must be positive and confident in what we were able to achieve collectively in this region and build on these unparalleled successes. There were so many people who never thought it was even possible. That we did it and surpassed targets achieved by significantly larger and wealthier hosts is an achievement we can be proud of.

The final word on the 2007 World Cup from organising chief Chris Dehring. And there we all were thinking the whole thing had been an unparalleled disaster

Dec 28, 2007 Tweet | Share

We had to listen to his verbal diarrhoea all the time. He is just a goose and has no idea and lacks common sense.

Shane Warne talks about his favourite man, former Australia coach John Buchanan

Dec 28, 2007 Tweet | Share

I felt like a fish out of water. It was all a bit foreign. I was pretty nervous after six weeks without playing so things are pretty green at the moment.

Stephen Fleming after the Twenty20 charity match in Hamilton, his first competitive game in a while

Dec 27, 2007 Tweet | Share

There are generally no reporters at our matches, either to see our team's performances, or my dimples.

Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women's team, bemoans the lack of media coverage of women's cricket

Dec 25, 2007 Tweet | Share

[The reasons are] not for me to reveal. It's down as 'rested', but they're not for me to reveal.

New Zealand coach John Bracewell claimed to have inside knowledge on why Adam Gilchrist was rested for the final match of the Chappell-Hadlee series. He later apologised for the same comment.

Dec 22, 2007 Tweet | Share

My lifetime was associated with bouncers but the sweetest bouncer I received was when Pawar told me that I would be receiving the award.

Former Indian captain Nari Contractor on receiving the Indian board's Lifetime Achievement Award. Contractor's career had been cut short by a vicious bouncer from Charlie Griffith

Dec 21, 2007 Tweet | Share

They can question me and I can go and do the tests but I can't see a problem with my action at all. Maybe they should watch the ball more."

An angry Shaun Tait after suggestions that some New Zealand players had questioned his action

Dec 20, 2007 Tweet | Share

I'm not overly happy about players going to England and playing county cricket ... but the reality is that it's the way our contracts are structured.

Sutherland again, this time when asked about his views on players signing for Indian competitions

Dec 19, 2007 Tweet | Share

We were competitive in all the three Tests.

Which series was Shoaib Malik watching? Pakistan bowled out India just twice, once for over 600, conceded over 600 twice and were saved from a collapse of ten wickets in two sessions by bad light in Bangalore

Dec 18, 2007 Tweet | Share

I thought it was one of my mates playing a joke on me and I nearly hung up and he said 'no, it's not a joke'.

Luke Pomersbach himself could not believe it

Dec 17, 2007 Tweet | Share

Out of obscurity to nowhere

Ian Healy struggles to put into words Luke Pomersbach's rushed debut at Perth after he was called up from the car park

Dec 17, 2007 Tweet | Share

I was waiting for him to break my record [227], but the power went off when he was on 225. I missed the moment.

Former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli didn't get to see Sourav Ganguly creating a new record for the highest score by an Indian left-hander

Dec 16, 2007 Tweet | Share

I'm getting irritable because there's a bit of a***-covering going on. If you'd put a Test attack on that surface you'd probably have killed someone once the divots dried out.

Auckland coach Mark O'Donnell is still fuming after his side lost within two days to Otago on a questionable track in Dunedin ... which is about to host a New Zealand Test against Bangladesh

Dec 16, 2007 Tweet | Share

Ask him about his nuts, they are massive.

Brad Haddin gives a group of journalists a not-so-subtle hint about one of the symptoms of Phil Jaques' recent bout of the mumps

Dec 14, 2007 Tweet | Share

Being Hoggard's runner would be like being Prince Edward's break-dance instructor: the pay would be fine, and like as not you would have plenty of time to yourself.

Giles Smith, the Times columnist, thinks that Alastair Cook found a cushy job when he was Matthew Hoggard's runner at Kandy

Dec 13, 2007 Tweet | Share

Who made them boring?

Looking straight at the camera, a deadpan Richie Benaud responds to Geoff Boycott's call for four-day Tests because five days are, apparently, boring

Dec 12, 2007 Tweet | Share

I realised the ball was bigger than one person, bigger than Gilchrist. It was the public's ball.

In a speech worthy of a film, John, the man who found the ball Adam Gilchrist hit for his 100th Test six, reveals why he decided to hand it back

Dec 11, 2007 Tweet | Share

Is that Ranatunga? Strewth, he's not missed many lunches has he?

Sky Sports' David Lloyd as the camera turns on a rather portly looking Arjuna Ranatunga in the stands at Kandy

Dec 10, 2007 Tweet | Share

I tried to spin the ball one way and it went the other way. But it's a special wicket."

Muttiah Muralitharan admits his record-breaking dismissal of Paul Collingwood didn't quite go to plan

Dec 9, 2007 Tweet | Share

Oh, I do love those newspapers.

A sarcastic Ian Botham rubbishes newspaper reports about the impending rumours of Sanath Jayasuriya's retirement. Botham has been a regular columnist in the British press for more than two decades. Less than 24 hours later Jayasuriya confirmed the stories

Dec 7, 2007 Tweet | Share

I am not captain here, nor the coach.

Younis Khan says he had nothing to do with the selection of an unwell Shoaib Akhtar at Kolkata

Dec 6, 2007 Tweet | Share

Kasper always used to joke that his shoulder operation was the equivalent of a 50,000-delivery service, so I guess this is my 100,000-ball service.

Andy Bichel sees the lighter side after shoulder surgery which has ruled him out of the rest of the summer

Dec 5, 2007 Tweet | Share

It's not the black sheep of cricket. Was Kerry Packer the black sheep of cricket? That was a good thing that happened and this is also a good thing.

Kapil Dev defends the Indian Cricket League

Dec 4, 2007 Tweet | Share

I know - I'm a grown man and, honestly, computer games are not normally my thing - but it's so addictive.

Matt Prior reveals how some of the England squad pass the hours in Sri Lanka

Dec 3, 2007 Tweet | Share

He is my hero and playing against him is a special moment in my life. I cherish that.

Sachin Tendulkar reflects on playing against Viv Richards during a Yorkshire-Glamorgan county match

Dec 2, 2007 Tweet | Share

We have always said that playing against England in the Ashes is where it's at, but I also think now playing against India is one of our greatest challenges as far as Test match cricket goes.

Brett Lee on the upcoming series against India. Geoff Lawson thought the same about the India-Pakistan series. It seems everything India plays these days is akin to Ashes

Dec 1, 2007 Tweet | Share

Yeah, pretty much, it's all I have left now!

The retiring Darren Lehmann said his eye was about the only thing holding him up as he used it well to strike a century in the heat in his final match

Nov 30, 2007 Tweet | Share

I didn't want kids seeing a Test cricketer plugging alcohol.

Staying with booze, Brett Lee explains why he turned down a $1million deal after breaking into the Test side, as it was from an alcohol company

Nov 29, 2007 Tweet | Share

I'm not the boozing and eating machine as some people think.

Stuart MacGill calls it as he sees it

Nov 29, 2007 Tweet | Share

MacGill is struggling with injury and he is 36, which is even older than me.

Muttiah Muralitharan adds his thoughts to the MacGill debate

Nov 28, 2007 Tweet | Share

That one was only a four-footer, but this one was of anaconda proportions.

Graeme Swann compares sizes of the cobras he has seen on his trips to Sri Lanka after two slithered past England's warm-up match in Colombo

Nov 27, 2007 Tweet | Share

I haven't even talked to my wife about how her week's been yet.

Stuart MacGill wants a bit more time to consider his fitness after his poor form at Hobart

Nov 27, 2007 Tweet | Share

I desperately want to play for England, but if I'm supposed to be in the side for line-and-length consistency I shouldn't be.

Steve Harmison talks his Test prospects down

Nov 26, 2007 Tweet | Share

We are hoping to play New Zealand ... we are sure if we do not beat them, we can fight them.

Afghanistan coach Taj Malik causes palpitations in both the ICC and United Nations

Nov 25, 2007 Tweet | Share

It is almost as if he is saying 'Go to hell the English public. I will write a book one day and make a load of money.'

Geoff Boycott writing about Duncan Fletcher the day after England were eliminated from the World Cup in April. Fletcher's controversial book came out in early November

Nov 24, 2007 Tweet | Share

Yeh to Geoffrey Boycott ki maa bhi pakad leti". [Even Geoffrey Boycott's mum would have caught this.]

Atul Wassan gets innovative in describing the sitter Misbah-ul-Haq dropped in the slips, off Robin Uthappa

Nov 24, 2007 Tweet | Share

There is a point in time when you and you only know - the rest know it a second later - and it's the best feeling as a batsman.

Adam Gilchrist describes the joy of a six.

Nov 23, 2007 Tweet | Share

I love the Boss range of grooming products and use Boss Skin refreshing face wash on a daily basis. When I'm playing cricket I apply Boss Skin Revitalizing moisturizer with SPF 15 to help protect against sun damage. At night I use the Boss Skin Moisture Gel.

Any ideas who Kevin Pietersen is promoting?

Nov 21, 2007 Tweet | Share

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