Cow Corner

  • Why has this photo sparked controversy and been described as 'cowardly'

    Marlon Samuels decision to salute Ben Stokes has been the source of much debate and no little controversy.

    Ben Stokes, Marlon SamuelsBen Stokes, Marlon Samuels

    Ben Stokes fell for eight as England posted 373 for six on the third day of the second test against West Indies in Grenada on Thursday.

    Pretty unremarkable stuff.

    However, there was no love lost between Ben Stokes and Marlon Samuels throughout the series and the West Indian stood to attention and gave an army salute to the England all-rounder as he walked off the field.

    That decision has drawn heavy criticism in some quarters.

    Steve James, writing in the Telegraph, claimed that “send-offs are the most cowardly acts on a cricket field.”

    James went further, claiming that “physical violence will

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  • Perfect image of sportsmanship amid drama rightly being celebrated

    New Zealand's extraordinary World Cup semi-final against South Africa threw up a sporting moment that will be remembered for a very long time to come.

    New Zealand's Grant Elliot helps South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn up after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland (Reuters)New Zealand's Grant Elliot helps South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn up after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland (Reuters)

    All too often it's the negative aspects of sport that become memorable: the shocking, the embarrassing, the controversial.

    But occasionally a moment comes along which perfectly encapsulates all that is good about healthy competition and the contrasting emotions that are so often found at the very biggest sporting events.

    When such a moment emerges, it is rightly cherished - and one such image emerged in the wake of New Zealand's thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final victory over South Africa, with fans across the world hailing the sportsmanship and compassion of New Zealand's Grant Elliott

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