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What level of dominance makes a farce?

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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 good enough to simply say, 'India are desperate to board that plane' because that desperate platitude has been rolled out repeatedly, almost since the conclusion of the opening Test.

The question which is now being asked is: 'What level of dominance renders a contest a farce?'

England are not just on course to complete a series whitewash, they are also destroying the reputations of many India players and almost making a mockery of the fact that, up until this contest, the tourists were the number one side in world cricket.

The obvious disbelief and amazement on the faces of the England players at the sheer scale and extent of their dominance in this series was there for everyone to see. Even they cannot quite comprehend how comfortable this is for them.

Regardless of the precise words coming out of the players' mouths following years of media training and stern instructions from press officers, it is clear to anyone how shocked both camps are at the way this hopeless mismatch has panned out.

Cowers is keen for India's ineptitude not to take anything away from the performances put out by the likes of Bell and Pietersen in this Test, and England have been stupendously unerring throughout this series.

Forget India's failings for a second - and there are almost too many to count - but instead pore over the figures, averages and assorted statistics for the series to see just how ruthless, clinical and inspired this England side have been.

This series is simply highlighting in stark contrast two teams going in polar-opposite directions.

India are an ageing side, devoid of collective spirit in this series and unable, or unwilling, to muster a resistance with which to repel their rampant opponents.

England are a vibrant, hungry, fiercely determined and focused unit desperate for success and entirely dedicated to achieving success as a group.

Okay, so India have been comprehensively and emphatically outplayed. Again.

The big question which is now hanging over this Test series like the big proverbial elephant in the room is this: Are contests like this good for the game?

When does this incredibly one-sided contest become farcical? When does it lose its meaning? When does it leave the public disillusioned with what they are watching?

At least the aforementioned questions are easier to answer than 'Where has someone hidden the real India cricket team, and why are the tourists on the field standing before us playing so badly?'


OH DEAR! Gautam Gambhir has not had the best time of it. Dropping Pietersen in comical fashion was not his finest moment, but it did rather aptly sum up his tour...

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Should spectators get some of their money back for overs not completed due to sluggish over-rates if international captains are not going to be properly punished?

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England mullet XI: Vaughan, Gooch, Smith, Pietersen, Lamb, Botham, Russell,
Caddick, Gough, Allott and Willis...but personally the two greatest cricketing
mullet legends are Beefy and Jason Gillespie of Australia.

supporters, look away now... yet another dropped catch! The wheels are coming
off the rickshaw... (@thefulltoss) 

STAT OF THE DAY: Zero. New Test caps awarded by
England this year. With no further Tests scheduled for the remainder of the
year, it will remain like that for the first time since 1953.

SNAP OF THE DAY: The Prime Minister, David Cameron (pictured, below), samples the delights of watching Test cricket with a pint of bitter. He later claimed to have "lost nearby punters their jobs" due to their faces being caught on the TV screen by eagle-eyed employers. Let the caption contest commence...

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