This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
No. You can't define a cropped image in the static xml. If you have the cropped image available, you can use it similar to any other image. To get this done at runtime, using Bitmap is the way. Hope it helps.