Cow Corner

  • Where does cricket go from here?

    Justice has been served, but where does
    the game of cricket go from here?

    Three former Pakistan international
    cricketers were escorted from the dock by prison officers on Thursday
    being handed combined jail sentences totalling four years for their part in the
    spot-fixing plot in their Test match against England at Lord's last year.

    Salman Butt, the disgraced Pakistan
    captain during that Test and a man described by Mr Justice Cooke as "the
    orchestrator of this activity", was jailed for two years and six months.

    Mohammad Asif, who bowled one of three
    prearranged no-balls at the centre of

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  • Flower leadership vital for England future

    Inevitably, there is always a failure just around the corner from any success. Just ask Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he travelled to England full of confidence with his side top of the Test rankings and having just won the World Cup on home soil.

    As much as all and sundry were gleefully showering England with praise after their summer exploits, there were few willing to defend those at the helm following a shambolic and frankly insipid showing in the one-day internationals in India.

    There has been no point attempting to even thinly veil or mask the tourists' alarming deficiencies and failings

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  • England series ratings… look away now

    It was billed as the 'Payback series' by the Indian press after a dismal tour of England, but the roles were reversed entirely as Alastair Cook's side suffered a 5-0 series whitewash.

    A quite catastrophic capitulation from 129 without loss to 176 all out in the fifth one-day international in Kolkata summed up what has been a truly dismal tour from Andy Flower's men.

    Abject, inept, insipid, dire, dismal, shoddy, shambolic - England's efforts will be described using many words, but none of them remotely positive.

    It was only August 23 that Cowers gushed over the exploits of the England side

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  • Has success gone to England’s heads?

    England came into this five-match pyjama cricket series with India off the back of a truly monumental summer, but somehow felt the need to drop the world's number one ODI bowler Graeme Swann.

    Andy Flower's men had humiliated India at home, and let's not forget the remarkably convincing string of victories which the summer entailed.

    England won the Test series 4-0 in a stunning clean-sweep of wins, before winning the solitary Twenty20 at Old Trafford by six wickets, and finally sealing a 3-0 triumph in the five-match ODI series.

    But has success now gone to their heads?

    Even the staunchest

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  • How long can Somerset’s Indian summer last?

    finishes have been plentiful in a thrilling Champions League T20 tournament so
    far in India.

    At the time
    of writing there have been 16 games in the competition. 10 of those have gone
    down to the last over - an incredible six of those to the final ball.

    When two
    teams can barely be split after 39.5 overs, is it just luck that determines who
    wins and who loses?

    chatted to Andy Hurry, whose Somerset team are the only English county side
    remaining in the competition, and he was philosophical on these final moments.

    Twenty20 cricket there's a lot of luck involved," Hurry

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  • New generation, same result

    England cricket shirts are a powerful thing at the moment.

    So long as you're wearing one, you're likely to be doing rather well. It doesn't seem to matter who your opposition is, or who your team-mates are.

    Despite sweeping changes ahead of the matches against the West Indies, the dominant result was all very familiar.

    Some in the
    press have suggested it would be better renaming these two T20s the
    'Contractual Obligation Series', given the circumstances.

    The ECB had
    to stage these games because of a deal struck on the basis of the Stanford
    triangular tournament, which disappeared along with

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  • Morgan injury a massive blow for England

    There have not been many bits of bad news for English cricket this summer after yet another victory over India, but there was one frustrating development which was confirmed as England triumphed at The Oval.

    The extent of Eoin Morgan's rise to prominence in an England shirt has been perhaps best highlighted in the reaction to the news that he will be sidelined for the next 12 weeks.

    Morgan has been subsequently ruled out of England's five-match ODI tour of India, which gets underway next month.

    The batsman has to undergo surgery to correct a 'chronic', long-standing shoulder problem, and there

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  • County review: Lancashire finally victorious

    It was a riveting finale to a County season which began back on April 8, and further evidence that English cricket's domestic competitions are still in fine working order.

    Lancashire, under the stewardship of former England coach Peter Moores,
    sought their first outright Championship title for 77 years on the final day and, to the dismay of challengers Warwickshire, they achieved it.

    Lancs chased down a target of 211 runs in frenetic fashion to beat Somerset - who got their just rewards for some pretty 'not cricket' time-wasting techniques (mentioning no names...Alfonso Thomas) - in the final

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  • Farewell and thank-you, Shane Warne

    On Friday one of cricket's luminaries, Shane Warne, hung up his spikes once and for all after a Twenty20 fixture with nothing very much riding on it.

    It's not an end that the 41-year-old could have contemplated 20 years ago when he made his first-class debut in Melbourne with match figures of 0/101 - but the game has changed immensely during that time.

    Warne's an interesting figure for any number of reasons, and many of them were discussed when the leg-spinner retired from international cricket in 2007 with a then-record 708 Test wickets from 145 matches to his name.

    But Warne's part in

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  • How do you solve a problem like Ravi?

    It was a confusing day in
    which England Lions seamer Boyd Rankin opened the bowling for Ireland against an England
    side captained by Dublin's
    own Eoin Morgan. Oh, and Ed Joyce, who has 17 pyjama cricket caps for England, was back wearing green.

    In a one-off one-day
    international which felt more like a Morgan benefit match at times, a host of
    prodigious talents were given their heads in an England side which could best be described as a 'development XI'.

    But it said something that
    the only two England
    batsmen who could hold their heads high while scoffing the widely-acclaimed
    Steak 'n Guinness

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