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.
November 4th week
Not many in the world have worked out Sachin Tendulkar. So I am not trying to do that either.
- Nasser Hussain.
I wouldn't see this (the match-referee controversy) having an impact on the England tour (of India). There's a bit of water to flow under the bridge at the moment, but I don't see any impediment.
- International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed.
They can't get away with stuff like they can in the UK - you have to get all six balls in the zone. There is not margin for error on these kind of wickets.
- Duncan Fletcher, on the English bowling at Hyderabad.
We don't want to overdo the mind games too much.
- Nasser Hussain.
Clear, copious, and odour free indicates a positive state of hydration.
- England physiologist Nigel Stockill, on the team's monitoring of urine samples.
Clearly (Sehwag) won't be eligible. If he's selected, it would be a very short-sighted view by the Indians.
- England cricket board chairman Lord MacLaurin, to a news channel, on the propriety of Sehwag's selection for the first Test.
It is really difficult; if you stay at the crease and poke, people will say you got to use your feet. If you use your feet and try to take the attack to the bowlers and if it doesn't come off, people will then criticise.
- Mark Ramprakash, on playing spinners.
I wasn't 100 per cent happy with my bowling performance yesterday. I've tried to bowl a little quicker on these wickets and I think I was trying too hard.
- Martyn Ball, on his performance in Hyderabad.
We are under no illusions. It is going to be tough to take 20 wickets to win a Test.
- Ashley Giles.