Quotes of the day

“A glare from Stuart Broad…seems roughly equivalent to be being sworn at by Aled Jones.” Gideon Haigh of The Times on England’s failed attempt to stare out Hussey. 

“I’m starting with newcastle brown ale in respect of big harm, tetley-hoggy, cider-tres, butcher-london pride, collingwood-ginger ale, strauss-pimm’s”. Andrew Flintoff raises a glass to his former team-mates on Twitter

“This is the one series we won’t miss, even if the pound falls to 1:1 against the Aussie dollar. It means everything to Barmy Army members, although I accept the numbers of general supporters who don’t travel with us are down by quite a lot. So are families.” Paul Burnham, leader of the Barmy Army, on how the recession and punitive exchange rate has led to a 15% decline in England touring supporters.

“His eight years at Hampshire have given Warne an international perspective that is entirely lacking in some of his countrymen. Healy, by contrast, sounds as if he has been buried in a cellar for the decade since he retired.” The Daily Telegraph’s Simon Briggs on parochial Aussie TV commentary.

 “I have never seen Graeme Swann bowl as many poor balls since he came into Test match cricket.” Geoffrey Boycott on a mixed day for the world’s number one spinner.

‘Peter Siddle – Our Pom Disposal Expert’. Front page headline from Australia’s Telegraph newspaper.


  • I liked Ponting after the toss. Jim Maxwell asked if if he would have batted had he won the toss, and he replied “Aw, well it was a bit of a toss up for me”..

    Sporting insight doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Rather changing the subject, the Daily Mail yesterday reported that “tonight’s snowfall is likely to be the tip of the iceberg”.


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