Cow Corner

  • Bowlers ease Aussie pain

    Australia are riding high in the
    one day international series with England following a crushing victory at
    Lord's, and a convincing showing in the 50-over format may well ease some sore
    wounds following the Ashes defeat.

    Mitchell Johnson took the man of the match
    award for his superb knock with the bat, while he also weighed in with two
    wickets, but it was the performances of two other bowlers that caught the eye
    and left Cow Corner to reflect on what might have been in the Ashes decider.

    Brett Lee charged in and sent the ball down at
    94mph, looking for all the world like a bowler with a

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  • England found wanting against perfect Ponting

    Ricky Ponting proved that nothing is more cathartic than a week playing golf and propping up the bar at Ladbrokes with a sublime 126 to lead his side to victory in the most one-sided of one-day series.

    England thought that 300 would be a competitive total but Ponting and his ebullient sidekick Michael Clarke parked themselves on the road that was the wicket at Trent Bridge and refused to budge. The runs were duly knocked off with four wickets and 1.4 overs spare.

    Andrew Strauss won his fifth toss in five matches, a record which renders the value of calling the Queen's Head correctly pretty

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  • White’s powerplay punishes England

    Cameron White's timing in producing a commanding century was as impeccable as Andrew Strauss's timing was lousy in his inept deployment of the batting powerplay.

    The result? England lost their third one-day match in succession.

    White paced his knock like a 1975 Austin Maxi: it started painstakingly slowly, built up speed steadily and then, gloriously, topped the ton on a seemingly unstoppable downhill and downwind stretch... before hitting 105 and screeching to a halt as the wheels came off.

    "Good tossing Straussy" was the call as the England captain won his third coin toss in succession,

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  • Swann spares England’s blushes

    Graeme Swann's five-wicket haul helped England to avoid the ignominy of suffering the first ever 7-0 series whitewash in a one-day series at the hands of Australia in sunny Durham.

    Swann's exploits with the ball helped skittle the tourists out for 176, before Andrew Strauss and Joe Denly ensured that a wicket did not fall until the 29th over, by which point the hosts were left to assure themselves that 6-1 was 'better than it could have been'.

    Surprisingly, England won the toss and elected to field first - surprising, only in the sense that Andrew Strauss sent the Aussies in to bat first: it

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  • Super Shah stars to stun South Africa

    Owais Shah banished memories of shoddy run-outs and sloppy dismissals with an audacious 98 to send hosts South Africa crashing out of the Champions Trophy.

    Awarding a man-of-the-match proved to be an arduous task as the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith produced a typically savage innings of 141 as his side fell 22 runs short of England's 323.

    England's batsmen have often been criticised for adopting the burglar's approach to batting of 'get in, get out', but this time Shah and Paul Collingwood kicked on.

    Indeed Shah narrowly missed out on becoming a centurion at Centurion as he was dismissed two

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  • Exemplary Elliott embarrasses England

    England made New Zealand's quartet of seamers look like a pack of West Indies pacemen circa 1984 on an eccentric pitch at the Wanderers to squander top spot in Group B.

    The Black Caps not only pipped Sri Lanka to a semi-final spot but usurped England in the group as Grant 'Magic' Elliott, who was born near the ground in Johannesburg, unexpectedly ran riot with his usually innocuous brand of bowling.

    Just one of England's top-five reached double figures as Ryan Sidebottom and James Anderson were left to exploit the entirety of their side's batting powerplay in farcical fashion as the Kiwi

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  • Don’t look back in anger at Trott

    Animosity and anger have been the words associated with Jonathan Trott's return to South Africa, but apathy may well best describe the reception which greets the quiet man following in Kevin Pietersen's footsteps.

    While Pietersen's brash demeanour in 2004 - with his skunk haircut and haughty swagger - infuriated the local crowd, Trott is less a preened peacock and more an unassuming adopted Brummie. Less Tony Greig, and more Basil D'Oliveira if you will.

    Trott is understated and undramatic; he does not endorse Brylcreem or possess a collection of Chelsea flats furnished with flamboyant self

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  • Mad Fish finally freed

    The news of Marcus Trescothick's return home after suffering a recurrence of his stress-related illness in India was as predictable as it was tragic.

    With disarming honesty in assessing his performances, Trescothick judged that he was 'firing at just 60 to 70 per cent'. Jesse Ryder's personal analysis has often seen him playing in the same ball park in terms of figures, but his illness has usually been merely that of a violent and repetitive yeast infection.

    In a typically insightful and revealing 60 seconds with Marcus, Cowers was treated to an explanation as to why the hefty opener is

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  • Peeved Ponting faces harsh reality

    Two scratchy runs, a dropped catch, a missed run-out and a dubious dismissal left Ricky Ponting reflecting on three torrid days at Lord's as England established a lead of 521 runs.

    If Ponting was livid at being dismissed by umpire Rudi Koertzen on Friday for something vaguely between LBW and a catch, he was simply incandescent at the South African after another miserable day for the tourists.

    Nathan Hauritz's poorly finger didn't stop him from taking and claiming a highly controversial catch to dismiss Ravi Bopara, but Koertzen had other ideas and overruled it to prompt a raucous response from

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  • England on the up, maybe

     What a difference a week makes. Last weekend England were down and out, the doom mongers were talking of a 7-0 whitewash by Australia in the one-day series.

    Graeme Swann bowled England to victory to save some face against Australia and they duly carried that form on to the Champions Trophy with what was quite simply a thrashing of Sri Lanka.

    There's no doubt that Andrew Strauss winning yet another toss played a key part, as the conditions were well in England's favour when they bowled and there was no turn for Sri Lanka's star spinners.

    But advantageous conditions or not, England still had to

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