Cricket has so many meanings to so many Australians. It’s become precisely that - an Australian way of life. And what a life it is. Some would even go as far as to say, ‘marvellous’.
The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time.
When a cricketer gets hit in the private parts, he hopes the pain will go away very soon but the swelling doesn't!
Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. But don't try it without that 10 per cent.
He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.
Cricket. Come summer holidays here in Australia not a whole lot else seems to matter. It's good stuff... Some would even go as far as to say, marvellous.
Out in the field, you haven't got anyone whispering into your ear saying all sorts of things, you've got to do it yourself.
When my hair is long enough to be cut, I go to my wife's hairdresser, and she generally pays for it.
Coogee is a delightful, slightly old-fashioned suburb; it has parks and gardens and reserves, a good well-kept beach, and an excellent promenade above the beach. It is a suburb for people who appreciate those aspects of life.
Any captain can only do his best for the team and for cricket. When you are winning, you are a hero. Lose, and the backslappers fade away.
Bruce Reid is not the worst batsman there is at international level but those who are worse would not need to hire the Myer Music Bowl to hold a convention.
Media were never allowed into an Australian dressing room until I became skipper. I changed that and invited them in at the close of play each day, thereby confirming for many administrators they had appointed a madman as captain.
The key thing was to learn the value of economy with words and to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see.
The slow-motion replay doesn't show how fast the ball was really travelling.
It was sad leaving the BBC; not quite like being divorced, but you don't leave after a period stretching from 1960 to 1999 without feeling a certain number of pangs.
The only thing that really annoys me is when all of a sudden you hear yourself on the radio advertising Smith's tyre shop or Blenkinsop's jam. They simply can't do that. And in Australia, occasionally I have to take action.
The problem with relying on nostalgia for commentary is that people only remember the good things.
But I think the only thing that annoys me about that is if I suddenly find someone on commercial radio or something like that, mimicking my voice or actions and trying to promote a product and pretending it's me doing it.
From our broadcasting box you can't see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity.
In fact, as a spin bowler, you have to work on the batsman over after over.
Gatting at fine leg - that's a contradiction in terms.
A cricket ground is a flat piece of earth with some buildings around it.
My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what's on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.
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