Cow Corner

  • Kiesy does it for England

    Craig Kieswetter produced two halves of an innings so polarised you wondered if Chris Tavare had been replaced by Marcus Trescothick out in the middle, as he transformed his play from scratchy to sublime in his composed 107.

    After two unconvincing displays in Dhaka, 'Kiesy' began with some nervy shuffling on the crease before setting about locating the steel shed at the back of the Isphani End with consummate regularity.

    Kieswetter became the second youngest England cricketer to score a one day century, and the landmark was greeted with a silence so stony that it even eclipsed the muted

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  • Classic Colly trumps Captain Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook's assured 64 was overshadowed by an innings of staggering efficiency and professionalism by his sturdy vice, Paul Collingwood.

    In a knock which would have made Michael Bevan look rash and irresponsible, Colly steered the tourists to victory after Bangladesh's impersonation of an international side faltered in the face of the batsman's unerring self-discipline.

    Cook became the second youngest ODI skipper after Ian 'field where you want' Botham and looked at ease as he implored his bowlers to 'hit their straps' and 'tie 'em up' from behind dark shades and a baseball

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  • England slog through rain to set up whitewash

    England 137-3 (17.4 overs) ENGLAND WIN BY SEVEN WICKETS!: Huge cheers go around Lord's as Flintoff hits a FOUR off Nel to backward square leg to clinch to match. Freddie hit 31 runs off just 12 balls, he's full of confidence at the moment! England were always favourites after the runs were reduced. South Africa will have to buck their ideas up if they are to avoid a series whitewash under the lights of Cardiff. Be sure to join ol' Cowers then. Nighty night.

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    England 119-3 (16 overs) 18 required: Freddie Flintoff picks up where KP left off. He knows that imminent showers

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  • Hosts establish lead

    22:30 - WI 352-7 (143 overs): STUMPS! If you are an England fan, we will leave you with this thought - in the last ten Tests no this ground, eight teams who took a first innings won the match and the two to win who have conceded a first innings lead did so by just 30 and 17 runs. West Indies lead by 38 at stumps - see you at 3pm on Saturday.

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    MATCH GALLERY

    22:15 - WI 341-7 (140.1 overs): WICKET! Taylor shoulders arms to Harmison and is given out lbw by Koertzen although Hawkeye shows it would have missed off-stump by quite a margin. No referral though and England have 23 balls left

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  • In a league of his Eoin

    Eoin Morgan's stock continued to skyrocket quicker than Shafiul Islam's economy rate as the diminutive dasher smashed a stunning 110 to spare England the ignominy of a series-levelling defeat against Bangladesh.

    The irrepressible Morgan was utterly nerveless as England's lower order reacted with such desperate panic you wondered if Owais Shah had suddenly been deployed as a runner in the middle as Stuart Broad was hastily shifted down to number 11 with a dodgy back.

    England's number five batted with all the composure and poise of Michael Bevan in his pomp, only without the gum-chewing and

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  • Things can only get Kieswetter

    The latest name to slide off the 'I've served my time' conveyer belt is Craig 'brace yourself' Kieswetter, and the big-hitting, big-talking 22-year-old is now ready to bulldoze his way into Alastair Cook's Test side in Bangladesh.

    Kieswetter's official nickname, according to the ever-jovial Marcus Trescothick, is 'Hobnob'. His opening partner politely declined to explain why, but needless to say that the batsman is the 'home of banter' in the Taunton dressing room.

    The wicketkeeper-batsman qualified for England last week and, quicker than you could say 'Hard lines James Foster', the former

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  • ‘Fetch that’ Morgan dazzles in Dubai

    Eoin Morgan slapped, swished, smacked and
    spanked the white cherry around like Shahid Afridi in his pomp, while the
    ball-eating all-rounder sat stroking his stubble and wondering how a diminutive
    Irishman was left to steal the show in Dubai.

    Morgan adopted the 'Fetch that' approach
    favoured by Afridi himself during his belligerent and uncompromising 67 as
    England remained on course for a series whitewash against a Pakistan team,
    minus its captain, chief selector and coach.

    Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik (yes, it
    changes every match) could barely veil his beaming smile as he elected to bat
    first

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  • Cook with Carbs in Bangladesh

    Michael Carberry was ready to quit cricket for good in 2005, but now the prolific left-hander who, along with Dimi Mascarenhas keeps Argos' Elizabeth Duke in business, stands on the brink of a first Test cap for the tour to Bangladesh.

    The Hampshire batsman is widely expected to open the batting with Alastair Cook at Chittagong in March, but the two batsmen's progression could not have been more polarised: one utterly serene and leading to the captaincy, and one the culmination of years of frustration and mental turmoil.

    At 29, the Hampshire player stands to become the oldest specialist

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  • Colly clubbing can’t prevent Jo’burg drubbing

    England's batting was as inept and reckless as umpire Daryl Harper's decision-making as the tourists imploded in their second innings with South Africa storming back to share the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy at the Wanderers.

    Paul Collingwood woke up on the fourth morning having been hypnotised into thinking he was Denis Compton, and proceeded to unfurl a staggering array of strokes around the Bullring as he was left to wonder why everyone was so shocked.

    Collingwood's wagon-wheel looked like it had been pinched from a Sir Vivian Richards archive as Brigadier Block was transformed into Captain

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  • Maiden Test ton for Harper

    Congratulations to umpire Daryl Harper who compiled his maiden Test century on days two and three of the fourth Test between England and South Africa.

    With the benefit of video replays and a stump microphone feed, albeit used by the Australian as background music, Smith should have been dismissed for 15 and AB de Villiers for 11 but Harper instead racked up an impressive ton to put England firmly under the cosh at the Wanderers.

    Batsman Status Runs
    GC Smith c MJ Prior b RJ Sidebottom 15
    DJ Harper MASSIVE INCOMPETENCE 137
    AG Prince c GP Swann b SCJ Broad 19
    HM Amla c MJ Prior b SCJ Broad 75
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