`Rewards of Stale System'

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Mike Atherton (England's captain): "We are fairly down at the moment and not playing especially good cricket.

"The new year starts in Sydney. It's up to us to make sure 1995 is a good one for us. We've got some good players in our side and it's up to us to show it.

"We need to pull our socks up, show commitment and guts and come out fighting.

"I've been through some lows but this is certainly one of them.

"You have to dig deep sometimes. One of the jobs of a captain is trying to set an example when the going is tough."

Mark Taylor (Australia's captain): "I'm a very satisfied captain. You can't do any better than that. But the job is not finished."

Fred Trueman (former England fast bowler and BBC Radio commentator): "I suggested three or four years ago that we should start getting some names together to teach people the game and I was laughed at. Two years ago, I was offered pounds 65 a day to go down south and do some coaching, which I laughed at. …