Crick­et­ing gems and bounc­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

From the way th­ese two bat­ted, you’d think they’d been picked for Eng­land but were play­ing for South Africa as dou­ble agents. – Ge­off Boy­cott gives a spin to the poor for m of Kevin Pi­etersen and Jonathan Trott in South Africa

Is it a su­per­sti­tion or what? – An an­gry Su­nil Gavaskar has no clue why In­dian bats­men don’t slide their bat in when run­ning be­tween the wick­ets

If you want an ar­gu­ment in favour of the re­view sys­tem, put Harper on the field; if you want an ar­gu­ment against the sys­tem, put Harper in the third um­pire’s booth. – Si­mon Barnes with an as­sess­ment of ICC elite um­pire Daryl Harper’s per­for­mance dur­ing the South Africa-Eng­land se­ries

I was think­ing about hav­ing a long day in the chang­e­rooms, ac­tu­ally, with not much to do, what pa­per I was go­ing to read. – Ricky Ponting did not ex­pect to score 209 against the hap­less Pak­istan team when he pulled straight into the hands of fine leg whilst still on nought.

I would give Wolver­ine a set of in­ners (gloves) and back him to catch more with those hands. – Kerry O’Ke­effe on Kam­ran Ak­mal af­ter the Pak­istan keeper spilled four catches dur­ing the sec­ond in­nings at the SCG

It wasn’t just a peach... it was a crate full of peaches. – Ge­off Law­son on Brad Haddin’s leg-side catch to dis­miss Sal­man Butt in Syd­ney.

Har­ris, can you turn a door­knob? – Not a flat­ter­ing plac­ard marked out for Paul Har­ris at New­lands.

Sports psy­chol­ogy is the big­gest load of bull**** that’s ever been in­vented. – Ian Botham thinks only the lonely need help.

If I’m rub­bish, I ex­pect to be axed. – Kyle Mills pre­pares for the worst if his com­men­tary for Sky isn’t up to the mark.

Thanks for the com­pli­ment, I think. I can prom­ise you I have not had a face lift – what is a face lift? – Shane Warne re­sponds to a fan’s ques­tion on whether he’s had a facelift. – Cricinfo

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