Pithy remarks and quotable quotes. Wordsworth takes the best statements of the week and packages them into one exciting feature. From quotes that help you delve further into the psyche of players to acerbic barbs from incensed cricketers to remarks that are just downright hilarious, we have them all. They may not quite be "from the mouths of babes and sucklings," but they are just as interesting.
January 2nd week
I don't think regrets work in sport. I stand by the decision I made;
this time round, I felt for my family's sake it wasn't a risk I could
- Robert Croft, on dropping out of the Indian tour.
To say it is a gruelling year is an understatement, and at the end of
it, you've got the most important one-day tournament in the game.
- Craig White, on England's upcoming international schedule.
Having Craig ruled out is a bit of a blow, because there were certain
things we had in mind for him with his batting.
- David Graveney, on Craig White being ruled out of the upcoming one-day series.
I want to make it clear that it is not up to me to dictate how long I do
the job. The selectors make those decisions.
- Nasser Hussain, on his remark of quitting the captaincy after the 2003 World Cup.
We're a 60-million-pound business and we need money to run our affairs.
- The England and Wales Cricket Board, on being accused of agreeing to
more matches for financial gain.
The team always seems to be changing. Players find themselves out due to
injury or loss of form, or selectors deciding to change things. The
Australian side always keeps the same side; for years you see the same
names in the middle-order.
- Mark Butcher.
I went to India as a standby and they were always going to bring Caddy
(Andrew Caddick) back.
- Richard Johnson, on being replaced by Andrew
The most important thing is that he has no long-term conditions so his
chances of going on are just as good as any one else's. So there is no
reason why he can't be playing until he is 40.
- Matt Carrico, Yorkshire physio, on Craig White's injury.
The past few weeks have been a difficult time for me and my family, and
I am grateful to the selectors for giving me as much time as I needed to
come to this decision.
- Graham Thorpe, on coming back into the English team.