20 Great Quotes From...Cricket: Part Six

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2008

Barney Corkhill's Great Quotes series continues to look at cricket. In this series I will be looking at some of the very best quotes to have been uttered in various sports.

The quotes aren't just from players, coaches and commentators, but anyone who has ever said a good quote to do with the chosen sport! Some are intentional, some aren't, I'll leave you to make your own mind up!

So, without further adieu, lets look at the next 20 great quotes from Cricket! Enjoy!


"Clearly the West Indies are going to play their normal game, which is what they normally do" - Tony Greig

"What a magnificent shot! No, he's out" - Tony Greig

"In the back of Hughes' mind must be the thought that he will dance down the piss and mitch one" - Tony Greig

"Being the manager of a touring team is rather like being in charge of a cemetery - lots of people underneath you, but no one listening" - Wes Hall

"Ashley Giles made a simple attempt at a top-edged hook by Mahela Jayawardene look like a Mr Bean Christmas special" - Peter Hayter, lamenting the standard of England's fielding, 2003

"Shane Warne's idea of a balanced diet is a cheeseburger in each hand" - Ian Healy

"It's obviously a great occasion for all the players. It's a moment they will always forget" - Ray Hudson

"Mate, if you just turn the bat over, you'll find instructions on the other side" - Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes to Robin Smith after the England batsman repeatedly played and missed*

"The sight of Imran [Khan] tearing fearsomely down the hill and the baying of the crowd made me realise for the first time that adrenalin was sometimes brown" - Simon Hughes

"Dermot Reeve was so self-obsessed that even on the local nudist beach he only admired himself" - Simon Hughes

"You don't need a helmet facing Waqar [Younis] so much as a steel toe cap" - Simon Hughes on Waqar Youni's swinger yorker

"Clinching the [County] Championship is a strange sensation... There's more atmosphere in a doctor's waiting room" - Simon Hughes

"I absolutely insist that all my boys are in bed before breakfast" - Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie explaining how Hampshire won the County Championship under his captaincy

"Ilott is out of this game with a groin strain and thus joins Darren Gough, Chris Lewis and Andrew Caddick on the list of those more in line for a trip to Lourdes rather than Lord's" - Martin Johnson

"At least we are safe from an intoxicating rendition of 'There's only one Graeme Hick'. There are, quite clearly, two of them. The first one turns out for teams like Worcestershire and New Zealand's Northern Districts and plays like a god. The second one pulls on an England cap and plays like an anagram of god" - Martin Johnson

"Michael Atherton is one of the few people capable of looking more dishevelled at the start of a six-hour century than at the end of it" - Martin Johnson

"It would be a surprise if the mirrors in [Kevin] Pietersen's house totalled anything less than the entire stock at one of the larger branches of B&Q" - Martin Johnson

"As a preparation for a Test match, the domestic game is the equivalent of training for the Olympic marathon by taking the dog for a walk" - Martin Johnson

"How anyone can spin a ball the width of [Mike] Gatting boggles the mind" - Martin Johnson on Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century'

"If he's not talking about the flipper it's the zooter, the slider, or the wrong'un. He'll shortly start working on a ball that loops the loop, disappears down his trouser leg, and whistles 'Waltzing Matilda' before rattling into the stumps"  Martin Johnson on Shane Warne


* = Barney's quote of the day


So there you have your next 20 Great Quotes from cricket! Tune in again tomorrow for another 20!

Do you have a favourite? Let us know which one!


See other great quotes from this series:

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part One

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Two

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Three

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Four

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Five

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Seven

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Eight

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Nine

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Ten

20 Great Cricket Quotes: Part Eleven