20 Great Quotes From...Cricket: Part One

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2008

Barney Corkhill's Great Quotes series moves on from baseball to cricket. In this series I look at a selection of the very best quotes to ever grace 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 first 20 great quotes from Cricket! Enjoy!

"A very small crowd here today. I can count the people on one hand. Can't be more than 30" - Michael Abrahamson

"Strangely, in slow motion, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer" - David Acfield

"Like an elephant trying to do the pole vault" - Jonathan Agnew as heavyweight Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq falls over his own stumps

"Botham just couldn't quite get his leg over" - Jonathan Agnew as Ian Botham tries in vain to lift his leg over his stumps when off balance

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"I've never got to the bottom of streaking" - Jonathan Agnew

"What we have here is a clear case of Mann's inhumanity to Mann" - John Arlott commenting on South African bowler "Tufty" Mann causing England batsman George Mann problems

"Like an old lady poking with her umbrella at a wasp's nest" - John Arlott on the batting of Australian Ernie Toshack

"A stroke of a man knocking a thistle top with a walking stick" - John Arlott on a Clive Lloyd four

"The umpire signals a bye with the air of a weary stalk" - John Arlott

"Bill Frindall has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator" - John Arlott

"He played a cut so late as to be positively posthumous" - John Arlott

"[Ray Jennings] was to orthodoxy what King Herod was to child-minding" - Mike Atherton on the South African coach

"It looks more suitable for growing carrots" - Andy Atkinson, ICC grounds inspector, on Bermuda's new pitch

"Tufnell! Can I borrow your brain? I'm building an idiot" - Australian fan to England spinner Phil Tufnell

"Leaving out Dennis Lillee against England would be as unthinkable as the Huns dropping Attila" - Australian TV commentator

"Well, Andrew Strauss is certainly an optimist—he's come out wearing sunblock" - Australian commentator in the fifth test of the 5-0 series whitewash in 2006-07

"The first time you face up to a googly you're going to be in trouble if you've never faced one before" - Trevor Bailey

"The Port Elizabeth ground is more of a circle than an oval. It is long and square" - Trevor Bailey

"There are good one-day players, there are good Test players and vice versa" - Trevor Bailey

"On the first day Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off" - Trevor Bailey

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

See other great quotes from this series:

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 Six

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

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