Cow Corner

  • Does Morgan have a Test future?

    It was not unexpected. Eoin Morgan always looked set to be dropped after enduring a truly dismal tour of the UAE, and so it proved as the squad was announced.

    Morgan's omission was widely anticipated after a horrid six weeks in which he mustered a paltry 184 runs in 13 international innings at an average of just 13.66 across the Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s.

    In the process, Morgan becomes the first England batsman to be dropped from the Test side - ignoring the retirement of Paul Collingwood and injuries - since Ravi Bopara during the 2009 Ashes series.

    Given the England

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  • Series ratings for England ODI stars

    England tore up the form book as they won the one-day series against Pakistan, winning all four matches in stunning fashion in the UAE.

    Ripped to shreds in their last ODI series - a 5-0 mauling in India - and bamboozled by spin in the three Tests that preceded this match-up, few gave England any hope of victory.

    But victories came from all positions and scenarios nonetheless, and suggested that England have taken the first tentative steps towards building a team that can compete at the 2015 World Cup.

    Who has shone in this morale-boosting run of displays? Cow Corner runs the rule over the men

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  • Cricket enters era of Finn-sanity

    Steven Finn celebratesEnglish batsmen hitting centuries and winning one-day internationals is so rare an occurrence that the star turn of this series hasn't had quite the appreciation he deserves.

    Alastair Cook was superb, Kevin Pietersen resurgent. But the best news for English cricket was the outstanding performance from fast bowler Steven Finn.

    Fans of basketball across the globe are currently falling head over heels for the overnight success story that is Jeremy Lin. In the United States, they've dubbed it 'Linsanity'.

    But cricket — and English cricket particularly — should be experiencing their own version of

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  • KP’s epic drought is finally over

    After 39 one-day internationals and more than three years of toil in the England pyjamas, Kevin Pietersen finally ended his drought with a century.

    The most talented England batsman of his generation has endured a hugely frustrating and seemingly endless slump since his previous 100 back in November 2008.

    But an imperious unbeaten 111 saw KP defy his critics and lead England to an emphatic series victory with a nine-wicket victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

    Cowers had been attempting to conjure up fresh superlatives for fellow opener Alastair Cook as the England captain honed

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  • Same stars, different day

    Cook strikes againA Cook hundred. A Bopara fifty. Finn taking four for 34. You could be forgiven for thinking you'd seen this one before.

    But England's second successive one-day international victory over Pakistan was a different success from the first.

    On Monday Pakistan were caught napping. Today they knew the challenge the tourists posed, fought more keenly — and still lost.

    Having gone into the series on a five-game winning streak, and steamrolled England 3-0 in the Tests, Misbah-ul-Haq's men might be a little bemused as they make the trip north to Dubai, knowing they must win both games to deny England the

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  • Anyone still doubting Cook in ODIs?

    Alastair Cook brings up another ODI hundred, many convincedA captain's innings can mean a number of different contributions in different contexts, but there'll be few better examples than Alastair Cook's 137 in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

    Cook was fluent where others struggled, permanent where the rest came and went. He scored more than half of what England posted as a total — fitting, given that compared to his team-mates he looked twice the player.

    The innings looked like propping up a competitive total — in the end, the 11 batsmen of Pakistan combined fell seven runs short of Cook's score.

    On the eve of the series

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  • Series ratings for England flops

    England were left humbled and humiliated after Pakistan rounded off a convincing 3-0 series whitewash after their 71-run victory in the third Test in Dubai.

    It was a thoroughly chastening experience for Andy Flower's side, and South Africa can now usurp England at the top of the world Test rankings with a 3-0 series victory over New Zealand. The tour as a whole could hardly have gone worse.

    The batsmen were primarily to blame. It was England's first Test series since India visited back in 1986 when only one of the batsmen averaged over 30, and that was wicketkeeper Matt Prior.


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  • Records set to tumble in Dubai

    It would be fitting if one of the craziest Test matches in recent years had a place in the record books as a number of startling stats already hinge on the breathless encounter in Dubai.

    From the moment that Mohammad Hafeez became the 22nd player to be dismissed for the cost of just 268 runs, the potential records have been coming in thick and fast.

    A staggering 15 lbw's have been given so far in this match alone, and that is before England's second innings has been allowed to progress beyond the 20-over mark.

    An incredible tally of 41 lbw dismissals have now been made in the three-match

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  • The value of using the bat

    Perhaps England's batsmen will finally take heed of the advice given to them about using their bats instead of their pads to play against spin after having toiled through two gruelling sessions in the field.

    England have contributed handsomely to the staggering tally of 37 lbws in the series (the record in any length of series is 43) and it took a match-changing partnership from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali to demonstrate the value of using the willow to avoid a DRS downfall.

    After having been repeatedly told how flat the wicket was at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, evidence of it was

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  • Cricket goes crazy in the desert

    Any day that produces a scoreline of 203 for 16 over two innings is certainly not normal.

    Day one of the third Test in Dubai saw some frankly crazy cricket and it will not be remembered affectionately by the batsmen of both sides.

    Indeed, one suspects that a hastily-arranged net session will be swiftly followed by a tot or two of a robust spirit after stumps for the misfiring frontline batsmen.

    Of the 16 wickets to fall in the day, nine were lbw as the bowlers gleefully capitalised upon the batsmen's growing uncertainty and mental fragility in confronting the opinion-splitting Decision Review

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