Geoffrey Boycott OBE, was a dogged and determined opening batsman who played county cricket for Yorkshire and represented England in 108 Test matches scoring over 8,000 Test runs. Since retiring from cricket in 1986 Boycott has established himself as a TV and radio commentator of the highest order and one who is blunt, straight talking and at times very funny as the following list of the best Geoffrey Boycott quotes clearly show.
Played with a straight bat – Geoffrey Boycott quotes
“Norman Cowans should remember what happened to Graham Dilley, who started off as a genuinely quick bowler. Then, they started stuffing line and length into his ear, and now he has Dennis Lillee’s action with Denis Thatcher’s pace.”
“If Trescothick had tried to get me off the field when batting well, I’d have hit him with my bat.”
“I reckon my mum could have caught that in her pinny!” – Geoffrey Boycott verdict on a dropped catch.
“To have some idea what it’s like, stand in the outside lane of a motorway, get your mate to drive his car at you at 95 mph and wait until he’s 12 yards away before you decide which way to jump.” – Geoffrey Boycott’s summary on what it’s like facing quick bowlers.
“My tactic would be to take a quick single and observe him from the other end.” – Geoffrey Boycott’s advice on the best way to play Shane Warne.
“They should cut Joel Garner off at the knees to make him bowl at a normal height.”
“(James) Anderson has a gift from the gods: he could swing an orange.”
“I played football for Leeds United under-18s, but at 17 my eyes started to go and I had to wear glasses. The football had to go – there were no contact lenses in 1957.”
“I’ve known people with exceptional talent – and some have wasted it. Ambition spurs a man on.”
“This idea that umpires are always right is a load of old cobblers. What I want to know is: Who umpires the umpires? The players suffer from their mistakes, but no one ever seems to get rid of the umpires themselves. Being an umpire is a people job: that’s why Dickie Bird was good at it. Yes, he was a loony, and he made mistakes – everyone does. But he knew how to deal with people, so they respected him.”
“They smile and then they stab (media press) – and they think the next time they come along for a comment you are going to forget the wounding things they write and obligingly talk to them.”
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