Cow Corner

  • England go five down in Cuttack

    INDIA WIN BY SIX WICKETS! Another comprehensive win for India and they now lead the series 5-0. Half-centuries from Tendulkar (50), Sehwag (91), Raina (53*) and Dhoni (50) got them there and ultimately it was comfortable. England will take heart from a decent batting performance, but their bowling attack simply could not contain this India team. 


    IND 250-4 (41 overs) WICKET! Dhoni waltzes down the wicket to
    heave one into the stadium, but this time it's not to be. The ball
    strikes his pad and Swann appeals successfully for an LBW call. If
    England can just get six more wickets

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  • It’s a knockout

    At the risk of enraging yesterday's edition of itself, Cow Corner thinks the insertion of Paul Collingwood at Stuart Broad's expense might just do the trick for England in the third Test against South Africa.

    Removing a bowler might seem like a strange way to improve a team that can't take wickets, but Cowers reckons the England selectors have done the right thing for Edgbaston.

    England have taken 13 wickets at 70.4 each in their last 343 overs in the field, but their bowling attack has lacked quality, not quantity.

    Ryan Sidebottom's inclusion for Darren Pattinson is a no-brainer, but

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  • Bopara leads England to big total

    21:30 WI 85-1 (22 overs) STUMPS! — Smith cuts Swann to the boundary and that's pretty rapid progress from the hosts tonight underlining what a good pitch this is. England will have to work hard for wickets tomorrow - join me at 2pm to find out how they get on.


    21:20 WI 78-1 (20 overs) — Sweetly timed four by Sarwan off Broad and he then he
    carves Graeme Swann through the off-side. Just ten minutes left.

    21:05 WI 67-1 (15 overs) — A real loosener from Broad, wide outside off and Sarwan plonks it in the gap square on the off-side for his second boundary. Another

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  • Ding Dong – The Bell tolls

    6.15PM - South Africa 7-0 (3.2 overs) - Neil McKenzie drives Sidebottom through the covers for four and then the rain returns. That is the end of it which is excellent news for soothsayer mike_kipling. But it's been Ian Bell's day - see you tomorrow.


    6PM - South Africa 1-0 (1 overs) - Gone fishin'. Smith nibbles at Sidebottom's first delivery, an outswinger in the corridor of uncertainty. Ollie Saffell of the MCC staff is on the field for Bell who no doubt is looking for the nearest pistol.

    5.45PM - England 593-8 (156.2 overs) - WICKET! Bell becomes the first

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  • Fred in seventh heaven

    New Zealand arrived at Heathrow yesterday afternoon for their tour of England and would have opened their morning papers to read the words of Marcus Trescothick.

    "He's ready to go. That's as good as he'll bowl - I don't think he'll get into a Test match against New Zealand in a couple of weeks time and bowl any differently. Bowling-wise, he's ready," said Trescothick of Andrew Flintoff.

    As the former England opener was nowhere near an airport at the time, we can only assume he was of sound mind and judgement.

    Freddie has not got through 42 overs without further damage his ankle so when we

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  • Who has six appeal?

    18 1/2 months, one pedalo, two ankle operations and a side strain since his last Test appearance, Andrew Flintoff is set to make his return to England's side at Headingley on Friday.

    "There's a bit of X-factor about him," said captain Michael Vaughan about Freddie's return. Well it's mainly been X-ray in the last few years but there is no doubt he is one of England's top three seamers and deserves his place in the side as a bowler.

    Paul Collingwood is the most likely man to make way as Flintoff slots in as part of a five-man attack, although his batting - a Test average of 32.5 and that is

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  • Going Live!

    Cow Corner is giddy as an eight-year-old on Christmas Eve.

    No, it's not because it has scored tickets to the Sex and the City movie, but because England start their international summer tomorrow in the first Test against New Zealand.

    What it means for Cow Corner is that it can abandon its present "scan the papers frantically for something interesting to write about" set-up, and take on a dynamic live format instead.

    Cowers will be strapping on its several-sizes-too-big pads, slipping a 'youth' box into its borrowed jockstrap, shunning a helmet for its Richie Richardson-style floppy hat and

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  • Yes, No, Maybe, Wait….Yes!!!

    Since England left India on November 27 in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, myriad so-called experts have voiced their opinion on whether Kevin Pietersen's team should return.

    Until now, Cow refused to be drawn into the debate, but the decision to return for the Test series has left a nasty taste in the mouth - the nasty taste of 4am in morning after a heady night before.

    You see Wednesday is the night of Cow's annual Christmas party, the solitary occasion on the calendar where Cow mixes with the underclass. Early Doors will be there, Jim White will be there. Even Paul Parker will be

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  • A Prince amongst kings

    South Africa 322-4 (105 overs): CLOSE OF PLAY: The light is offered, and the South African batsmen accept it. The end of play. South Africa's day.

    South Africa 322-4 (104 overs): I say "it may be a tricky spell for South Africa..." It obviously won't be, because the ball isn't doing anything, and Prince and de Villiers have got their feet under the table. 

    South Africa 315-4 (102 overs): 11 overs left to play. It's a bit gloomy and overcast, but there's no reason why we shouldn't fit them in. Might be a tricky little spell for South Africa. 

    6.22 - The players are out, and play is about to get

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  • Four for Ryan on a dark day

    6.15pm - "This is the end, Beautiful friend, This is the end, My only friend, the end," as sang by either Jim Morrison or Kyle Mills. 137 runs, four wickets, six rain delays, 90 feedback, a fleece for gremlin_the_cat and a few good shots. We'll be back tomorrow, see you then.


    5.40pm - Eng 68-0 (21.3 overs) - A stroke of luck for Cook as he edges Martin wide of second slip after being squared up....and then the players go off for bad light for the 239rd time today. Groundsman Mike Hunt is on the pitch and no-one likes to see Mike Hunt this early in the day.

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