Cow Corner

  • 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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  • England series ratings

    What a summer series that was.

    After three Tests against Sri Lanka which were blighted by rain, England exploded into life with a four-Test demolition job of the world's best team, India.

    England kept quiet an India batting line-up which will go down in history as one of the all-time greats, and made runs on a scale rarely seen before on these shores. 

    And in doing so, they became the world's best Test side, winning Cow Corner's new favourite award, the ICC Test Championship Mace.

    There were so many towering performances during the course of the series that the marks out of ten are higher than

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  • Who are England’s young guns?

    One of the
    limitations of England having such a settled side is that there is much less
    debating about who might come in and replace the failing players. A small downside,
    granted, but a limitation nonetheless.

    England's game against Ireland in Dublin on Thursday could provide a first close look for
    many at some of the faces who may come to take their places in the national
    side over the next decade.

    By all
    accounts, the future is rosy. The England Performance Programme is nurturing
    a number of talented players who are lighting up the county scene at a young
    age, and the county game

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  • Dravid, The Wall, stands alone

    England may
    yet seal a series whitewash, but if they do, it's not because they smashed
    through the Indian Wall, it's because they went around it.

    Take a bow,
    Rahul Dravid.

    38-year-old is the only member of the travelling party who will leave these
    shores with his Test reputation enhanced.

    that, given where he began the series.

    He's the
    second-highest run scorer in Test cricket, averages a shade under 53 for every
    innings he has played since he first strode out to the crease for India -
    coincidentally here in England all of 15 years ago - and he's faced more
    deliveries in Test

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  • It’s been one Bell of a summer!

    It could be said that Ian Bell has enjoyed a pretty good summer in an England shirt, but that would be a gross understatement.

    The once-maligned player who struggled to get the best out of his prodigious ability at the top level has been transformed into a run-making machine.

    This summer alone, Bell has averaged 119.28 in seven matches and 10 innings. In that time he has racked up a staggering 835 runs with four centuries and two 50s.

    Put simply, Bell has established himself as the most in-form batsman in the world at present, and perhaps the classiest stroke-maker in the game right now.


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  • What level of dominance makes a farce?

    On a day in which Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen produced two quite remarkable innings to give a packed party crowd at The Oval a fabulous Friday treat, there were wider questions that were being asked.

    After yet another day of unbridled England dominance, there were some spectators - from both camps - who were simply finding the one-sided nature of the series increasingly irksome.

    As Bell and Pietersen plundered runs with consummate and almost alarming ease, England ran amok over a hapless India side who looked demoralised, disgruntled, dispirited and downright despondent.

    Surely, it is not

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