Cow Corner

  • A touch of Klass

    Meet Dinesh Salunkhe, the Myleene Klass of international cricket.

    Now if you turn out for Shepshed Messengers, Newtown Linford or Gracedieu Park you'll already know all about the 25-year-old from Mumbai.

    Salunkhe was a finalist in India's very own reality TV show "Cricket Star" last year which had 25000 applicants (we are unclear of the exact rules but believe if your batting average was more than the average IQ of a Big Brother contestant in the UK - therefore over 23 - you qualified for the next round).

    Both Salunke and winner Sukhvir Singh earned a scholarship at Leicestershire where they

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  • Seeing it like a golf ball

    Unlike Premier League footballers, the average county pro does not live a privileged existence. They spend their winters doing normal jobs or as most of us call them "jobs".

    Mark Ealham is a plumber during the dark winter months, Simon Cook is a property developer and Charl Langeveldt used to be a prison officer.

    Kent's Matthew Walker is a PE teacher and he would have been thinking he shouldn't have put away his whistle after a second ball duck against Nottinghamshire yesterday

    Luke Wright, Martin van Jaarsveld, Darren Stevens, Alex Wakeley, Kadeer Ali, Alex Gidman and Ian Westwood were

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  • England blow first innings chance

    South Africa 38-1 CLOSE: South Africa make it through to the close one-down, but it is definitely their day. England have wasted the chance to make a decent total on a very friendly wicket.

    South Africa 17-1 (8 overs): FLINTOFF GOES MENTAL! He is brought into the attack, and picks up a wicket with his second ball as Smith nicks behind to Ambrose. By way of celebration, the big all-rounder collapses in a heap as the rest of the team smother him in hugs and kisses. 

    South Africa 12-0 (6 overs): Former England manager Graham "do I not like that" Taylor is spotted in the crowd. He has a very red

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  • Home heroes dominate

    22:25 - WI 160-1 (54 overs):  Gayle and Sarwan finish unbeaten in the 70s and a partnership of 142 has put the West Indies in a strong position going into day three - could have been a little different if not for the unwanted intervention of third umpire Daryl Harper. But England have toiled on a flat pitch and Panesar's confidence looks shot. See you at 3pm tomorrow.

    SCORECARD
    GALLERY

    22:15 - WI 156-1 (51 overs): England are now Burlington Bertie to win this match such has been the West Indies domination in the evening session. Three overs left.

    22:00 - WI 154-1 (48 overs): Not Lord Lucan

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  • The Edgbaston farce

    NZ 127-2 (19 overs) - Styris gets a fortunate outside edge to the fence off Wright. New Zealand need seven off the 20th over to win the game AND the players come off for rain. It's ABANDONED - a complete farce if you consider that the players had a 30 minute break between innings.

    SCORECARD | MATCH GALLERY    

    NZ 117-2 (18 overs) - It's chucking it down with rain. The umpires have a chat but the players stay on. Only two more overs to constitute a match and NZ need to have 134 at that stage.

    NZ 101-2 (15 overs) - Mascarenhas' first over goes for ten and 60 runs are required off eight overs.

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  • The most important coach of all?

    England coach Peter Moores is a man under pressure after England's poor performance in the Test series against South Africa; is Cowers the only person in thinking that the significance of the role is vastly over-stated? How hard can the job of international cricket coach actually be?

    Cowers might have limited experience, but let me expose just what a simple job it must surely be. If Peter Moores, Greg Chappell or Dav Whatmore need any pointers, perhaps they should read on...
     
    TEAM SELECTION

    Most international coaches sit as part of a three-man panel, so influence over team selection is often

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  • Taxi for Fred

    On Monday, Andrew Flintoff made just eight as Lancashire slumped to an embarrassing two-run Friends Provident Trophy defeat to KwaZulu Natal Guest XI, or Scotland as they are sometimes known.

    Today, the 30-year-old England all-rounder is in court after he was alleged to have been clocked driving at 87mph in a temporary 50mph zone of the M62.

    Freddie obviously needs a chauffeur. If it's not cars, it's pedalos and we can only suggest he sits in the passenger seat on jet skis, wakeboards or anything else that moves faster than 10mph in the future.

    He's not the first England player to have had

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  • Reverse psychology

    Rent-a-quote Kevin Pietersen didn't really need to re-invent himself as world cricket's first switch hitter to get plenty of newspaper column inches.

    After all he scored 98 runs from 110 balls yesterday in the one-dayer against New Zealand right-handed, it was just the 12 he scored in southpaw style that has got everybody's attention.

    In baseball, a switch-hitter is a batter who is able to hit from both the right and left sides of the plate.

    And for those who missed it yesterday, this is pretty much what KP did as he jumped around 180 degrees and changed his grip on the bat as Scott Styris

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  • Albion Knight Riders

    Matthew Hoggard, Owais Shah, Rob Key and Graeme Swann are among the old heads in a rather arthritic-looking pride of England Lions announced yesterday.

    Until last year, the Lions were known as England A, which is, Cowers will admit, a strange name for a B team.

    But at least it had a certain integrity to it. You knew where you were with England A. It was Ilott and Udal, Gallian and Wells. Good, honest players, but men whose own grandmothers knew they would never cut it in the full Test team.

    Now the team sounds like a rubbish IPL franchise. If you're going to go for a rebranding exercise, you

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  • Getting jiggy with Stanford

    So, what Allen Stanford appeared to get for all the money thrown at the England and Wales Cricket Board was the world's worst lap-dance.

    As a shy and retiring recluse, Cowers knows little about the ins and outs of Special Dance Bars.

    When Cowers flies EasyJet to Eastern European cities like Prague and Riga he spends the evenings taking in the local production of La Boheme, rather than sitting in the dark clutching an overpriced G&T while a disinterested native gyrates her booty in his gleeful face.

    But even Cowers is worldly-wise enough to know that for $20m, Stanford should have got more

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