Cow Corner

  • Day One in Chennai

    England 229-5 at stumps on day one of the first Test, thanks to a brilliant century by Andrew Strauss. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh are the star performers for India, with two wickets apiece.

    11:25 England 229-5 (83 overs): After a couple more quiet overs, the last over of the day is bowled by Mishra to Jimmy Anderson, who does his night watchman job well and sees things through. India's excellent bowling in the last session has turned the match in their favour, and if it hadn't been for Strauss's 123 and Cook's 52 the tourists would be in huge amounts of trouble. England will thank their

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  • The Zimbabwe question

    So the ICC says politics and sport should not mix and probably won't ban the Zimbabwe cricket board.

    Maybe Cowers was having a mad cow year in 2006; but back then didn't Robert Mugabe's government take over the national board? Isn't that classed as political interference?

    The fact is that no one wants to play Zimbabwe. They rubbish at hitting leather balls with willow bats, it is not safe to tour there and its leader is a despot to whom no one in their right mind would want to give credibility.

    Then there are the selection policies that saw inadequate players selected along racial lines, plus

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  • Tests – just roobish

    Cow has just received an e-mail from Stephen Hawking with a complex formula along the lines of "low career strike rate leads to post-retirement vigilante statements in English Test batsmen".

    Sir Geoffrey Boycott, who once batted for 10 1/2 hours at Headingley against Australia and will never die of a stroke, now thinks five-day Tests should be abolished.

    Boycott said in his Daily Telegraph column: "Tests need a makeover. They should be played over four days with faster over-rates and more imagination. Bring in floodlights for overseas games and stop using dead pitches.

    "The upshot is that at a

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  • Not the White stuff

    As the first Test in Bangalore petered out into a draw, don't you think Ricky Ponting wished that chubby blonde bloke was standing in the slips talking about drawing the nut flush on the river and swinging his arms around ready for a bowl.

    But Shane Warne is now a distant memory and Australia's spin bowling options are as dry as the Atacama Desert.

    Considering the Atacama Desert is 50 times drier than California's Death Valley - and that's called Death - we are not under selling how bare the cupboard is.

    "Leg-spinner" Cameron White made his debut during the match and although he managed to

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  • West Indies avoid follow-on

    21:15 - WI 349-4 (109 overs) - Nash smashes a Monty full toss past long-on for his 12th boundary before Prior concedes four more byes to take that tally to 30 and West Indies have avoided the

    follow-on. The hosts now in a great position to secure a draw and win the series.

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    21:00 - WI 339-4 (106 overs) - This is the 73rd time Chanderpaul has passed fifty in Test cricket, two off Panesar to fine leg bringing up the milestone off 142 balls. A sweet cover drive from Nash off Swann who seems to be struggling with that floating bone in his elbow and the hosts should

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  • Skipper stars in comfortable win

    So, a great performance from England sees them home and gets their NatWest Series up and running; thanks for sticking with me - make sure you come back for the second game on Tuesday... 

    South Africa 255ao (50 overs) END OF INNINGS: Philander is run-out in the penultimate over, Broad firing down the stumps at the batsman's end after hesitating over a run-out. In the final over, Flintoff bowls Nel with a yorker and then Ntini with another. Strong finish from the all-rounder

    South Africa 242-7 (48 overs): Great over from Flintoff, full of yorkers. 33 needed from the final 12 balls. 

    South Africa

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  • 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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  • It’s red, round and weighs about five ounces

    Two incidents over the weekend in two different Test matches are a reminder that sport hurts.

    Young New Zealand batsman Daniel Flynn woke up on Saturday morning looking like Ricky Hatton's sparring partner after having his front tooth knocked out by a James Anderson bouncer.

    And the blow, which also cracked one of his lower teeth, contributed to England's victory as the pugnacious left-hander took no further part in the match.

    Flynn, like many of those in fancy dress in the cheap seats at Old Trafford on Friday, suffered a groggy and sleepness night of nausea and vomiting.

    Cowers once

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  • Fred is back as wickets tumble

    6.38PM - SA 101-3 (29 overs) - Ashwell Prince works both bowlers off his pads for boundaries and that's stumps after an eventful day. Join us tomorrow for more.

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    6.15PM - SA 82-3 (25 overs) - WICKET! More success for England late in the day as Kallis chops Anderson onto his stumps. Then drama as Amla gets a leading edge off Flintoff and Vaughan takes a diving "catch" at mid-off. The batsman is three quarters of the way towards the pavilion before the outraged visiting dressing room send him back. After a lengthy review, third umpire Richard Kettleborough says

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  • The Dull Monty

    Is anyone other than Cowers getting a bit tired of the whole Monty Panesar show?

    The Luton Bore took his own particular brand of crazed appealing to a new level in the first Test at Lord's, begging to the umpire like a four-year old desperate to go pee-pee.

    Now Monty claims his rabid-eyed, maniacal arm-flailing is down simply to his "love of the game". Nothing to do with a breath-taking ignorance of the basics of the LBW law, then?

    At this point, Cowers is prepared to admit to possessing a decent level of dislike for Panesar, stemming from an interview he did with him last winter.

    If

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