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50,912. In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket which died at The Oval on 29th August 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. N.B. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. (Epitaph & Cricket) Sporting Times September 1882, following defeat to Australia
64,821. Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. (Advantage & Baseball & Cricket) George Bernard Shaw
68,674. In Beyond a Boundary James tells the story of how cricket was used by the British to instil their cultural values on the unruly natives. Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words III: Culture Wars
68,675. It’s more than a game. It’s an institution. Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays 1857
68,676. Personally, I have always looked on cricket as organised loafing. William Temple, attributed
95,064. If the wild bowler thinks he bowls,
Or if the batsman thinks he’s bowled,
They know not, poor misguided souls,
They too shall perish unconsoled.
I am the batsman and the bat,
I am the bowler and the ball,
The umpire, the pavilion cat,
The roller, pitch, and stumps, and all. Andrew Lang 1844-1912, Brahma
68,677. The game is very much as I used to play it years ago: the routine, the regularity, the instinctive discipline of the game that has forced itself back on me very strongly here this morning. C L R James, BBC documentary in West Indies
68,678. These magazines [The Captain 6d] all were governed by the principles which you found in the old ideas of public school behaviour. And we accepted that. We swallowed it down and we read them all and taught that that was the way to behave. ibid.
68,679. Cricket plunged me into politics long before I was aware of it. When I turned to politics I found I didn’t have much to learn. ibid.
68,680. There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight –
Ten to make and the match to win –
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his Captain’s hand on his shouder smote –
‘Play up! Play up! and play the game!’ Henry Newbolt, Vitai Lampada 1897
68,681. From his library in Surrey,
Hung with regimental swords,
Came a cry as Colonel Curry
Read the latest news from Lord’s.
Turning to a bright vermillion,
He could not believe his eyes:
‘jackets off in the pavilion.’
(Members, though, must still wear ties.) ...
Decent standards melt like butter,
Cricket is becoming crude;
Ah, my friend, and oh! Calcutta!
Soon they’ll play it in the nude! Roger Woodis, Nothing Sacred
68,682. Cricket – a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity. Lord Mancroft, Bees in Some Bonnets 1979
68,683. In 2005 England played Australia in a test that was arguably the most nail-biting finish in cricket history. Hall of Fame: 2005 Ashes
68,684. By the end of the day Freddie had annihilated the Aussies. ibid.
68,685. England had won the test by two runs. ibid.
68,686. The 2005 Ashes are remembered arguably as the greatest cricketing series in history ... The fourth test would be graced by an altogether different class of cricketer – a total unknown by the name of Gary Pratt ... Ponting was dismissed – run out by the most unlikely of men. As he left the field Ponting berated the English management ... Before the end of the year he was all but out of professional cricket. But his name will always be associated with the fourth test at Trent Bridge. Hall of Fame: One-Hit Wonders
68,687. Pakistan’s abysmal performance in the opening games of the 1992 World Cup ... Pakistan were on the verge of the most unlikely of comebacks. But they would now play England, the team that had completely outplayed them in the first round ... Imran’s Tigers were not ready to give up ... England went into bat. They looked in command. But then stepped up Wasim Akram. Hall of Fame, Never Say Never
68,688. ‘We were 50/1.’ (Cricket & Odds) ibid. Imran Khan
68,689. Cricket in the 1970s and 80s had been dominated by the West Indies. But by the early nineties ... the rise of a new power from down under ... Australia now had the talent to dominate all areas of the game. Hall of Fame: Dream Teams
68,690. Going into the fifth test the English needed a victory to draw the series. But Australia still proved too strong. Australia closed out the decade in style – a true dream team. ibid.
68,691. In August 2010 this famous ground was the scene of one of the most scandalous test matches of all time. One of the central characters in the narrative was an eighteen-year-old fast bowler from Pakistan who was on the verge of greatness. (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) The Mohammad Amir Interview, Sky News
120,464. ‘Salman [Butt] had asked me twice. Once he asked me like a joke.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,692. I didn’t take any of it seriously. (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,693. ‘Suddenly he [Salman Butt] said, “Oh, Bro, you’ve got yourself in big trouble. You’re trapped and your career is at stake.”’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,694. ‘That’s when he said, “Can you do me a favour?” I asked him what favour. He replied, “Do two no-balls for me.”’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,695. ‘I’d like to say how stupid I was.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,696. ‘He didn’t mention money at all.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,697. ‘I couldn’t think straight. I panicked.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,698. ‘Dead: that’s how I was feeling then.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,699. ‘My entire life was destroyed.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,700. ‘Everyone thinks that I did it for the money. I want to clarify that is not the case.’ (Cricket & Cheat & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,701. The journalists had been given a tipoff that fixing was happening in the Pakistan team. (Cricket & Doping/Cheating in Sport) Special Report – Cricket Corruption, Sky Sports, Mike Atherton
68,702. There were no bets made on those no-balls. (Cricket & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid.
68,703. ‘The judge saw that the villains of the piece were the fixer and the Pakistan captain.’ (Cricket & Doping/Cheating in Sport) ibid. Bob Willis