From Mickey Arthur's deluded sentiment to Michael Clarke's advice for James Anderson, 2013 was a veritable mouthful.
"We have the best batsman andcaptain in the world in Michael Clarke. He needs current cricket people to help him out, not muppets." – former leg-spinner <b>Shane Warne</b> isn't impressed with Cricket Australia's management.
"That is the miracle of Hyderabad. If he was wearing a white shirt he would be a sightscreen." – former captain Aussie <b>Allan Border</b> jokes about the size of erstwhile fast bowler Merv Hughes.
"The disappointing thing is I thought we were nearly there to cracking it, I really do." – former Australia coach <b>Mickey Arthur</b> is rueful post-dismissal.
"I always walked. It's a bit hard to stand there with all three stumps lying on the ground." – former Australia tail-ender <b>Glenn McGrath</b> takes a different stance to England all-rounder Stuart Broad.
"Let's say knighthoods, let's dream big. Yeah, why not, we win five-zero, I take 50 wickets, get knighted and become prime minister in five years' time." – England spinner <b>Graeme Swann</b> retired shortly after this remark.
"England are on the back foot and it does look like they've got scared eyes." – Australia batsman <b>David Warner</b> gets poetic.
"Get ready for a broken f*cking arm." – Australia captain <b>Michael Clarke</b> offers England tail-ender James Anderson advice.
"I just said to him, I am 20 kilometres quicker than he is, so he shouldn't bounce me." – South African tail-ender <b>Dale Steyn</b> reveals and exchange with New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner.
"It's the only form I get picked in, so I'm a big fan of it." – Test selection continues to evade New Zealand ODI seamer <b>Kyle Mills</b>.
"I'm jealous of my parents. I'll never have a kid as cool as theirs." – West Indian batsman <b>Chris Gayle</b> is characteristically comical and cocky.
"I know what David Moyes is feeling this morning." – new South Africa coach <b>Russell Domingo</b> succeeds the prolific Gary Kirsten.
"There's not a lot of good that happens at 2: 30 in the morning in a pub or a nightclub." – Cricket Australia's chief executive <b>James Sutherland</b> explains David Warner's antics.
"They'd win the first four Tests and we'd try to nick one at the end when they were all drunk." – Former England captain <b>Nasser Hussain</b> recollects the competitive nature of the Ashes.
"There's no way that I should have played Test cricket or one-day cricket or any sort of cricket, let alone be picked for any side." – former Zimbabwe spinner <b>Ray Price</b> is modest in retirement.
"I just hope the Australian public give it to Stuart Broad right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home." – There is no love lost between Australian coach <b>Darren Lehmann</b> and Broad.
"Lorgat is a nice gentleman, but it would be nice of him if he apologises." – Stand-in BCCI president <b>Jagmohan Dalmiya</b> hopes for an improved relationship with CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
"Sachin was trying to look after his mate Harbhajan Singh and changed his story a couple of times to suit." – former Aussie skipper <b>Ricky Ponting</b> recalls <i>that</i> 'Monkeygate' scandal in 2008.
"I just have to turn up." – India seamer <b>Zaheer Khan</b> assumes he will dominate South African captain Graeme Smith.
"You are going to laugh at this, but that ball and the ball I bowled Chris Martin at the Gabba. Exactly the same thing, through the gate." – Australia spinner <b>Nathan Lyon</b> has the same gameplan for New Zealand number 11 Chris Martin and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.
"When people around the world think of cricket, I want them to think of Indianapolis." – mayor <b>Greg Ballard</b> tries to increase the popularity of cricket in America.
Steve Smith got 211 with his least convincing batting of the series. A freak.
Historic ton for Rahmat Shah against Bangladesh.
We’re really not at all sure what to make of that day’s play/rain/wind.
It’s just silly now.
We’re sponsoring our favourite cricket newsletter, so that’s nice.
Joe Denly is not an Opener with a capital O. It’s going to be tough.
So then. What happens next?
Craig Overton will win his fourth Test cap.
Obviously, it’s Ben Stokes. Obviously, it’s via Herschelle Gibbs and Milkshake Duck.
Usman Khawaja dropped for Old Trafford Test.