There was a certain impatience in the air as England nurdled their way towards a third straight one-day victory over Australia.
The win was inevitable, the argument ran, so why not, with wickets in hand, put the foot on the accelerator and win with, say, 10 overs to spare, rather than 13 balls?
Cowers should add a little context to the debate. It came as England were coasting to victory. Against Australia. The number one-ranked side in one-day international cricket. For the third time in a row. For a record ninth straight ODI victory.
Yet here we were, arguing not about the result, but how it should be achieved.
For some, clinical and professional (and there was no debating either) was not enough. There was an opportunity to get the sort of victory that would rub Australia's metaphorical face in the dirt.
What motivated that? Payback? Cowers doesn't have to rack his brain too hard to recall some of the more humiliating defeats the Australians have inflicted on us in recent times.
Consider the 2006/7 CB series on that fateful series Down Under, to name just one example.
England won the toss, batted, and after 34.3 overs, were all out for 110.
Australia lost a single wicket and had more than half their innings remaining by the time they had overhauled England's score. Now that was humiliating.
But what good did it do, exactly? As it turned out, England squeaked past New Zealand to reach the final of that tri-series tournament, and then beat Australia twice in a row in the best-of-three final all of a fortnight later.
Of course crushing victories can be devastating psychologically, but then again, they can also on occasion be written off as an aberration, an ugly one-off.
Certainly none of the Australian players will have felt that way today. The game was up for the best part of 30 overs, but England ground out the runs slowly, rather than at a rapid rate. What other shape would a run-chase take with Jonathan Trott at the crease?
But once England's innings had settled into a pattern, there was no sense that Australia would — or could — come back into the match. They had to bowl out, waiting to be put out of their misery, for the inevitable defeat to be formalised.
Would you rather be bitten and poisoned by a venomous cobra, or strangled slowly by a python? The end result is much the same — but one way takes longer.
In all of this debate about the nature of winning, however, there's one rather sizeable silver lining for those in either camp.
The theorising about how you win can only take place if you're winning already. England are performing in such a way that the debate is possible — in a format where historically they've languished behind other cricketing nations.
You can argue about the merits of this series long into the night, but it makes little difference to the players. The task is to beat the Australians, and they're doing it.
England are ranked as the top team in Tests and T20 cricket already — after beating the world's top team comprehensively, they're fast-closing in on the same tag in the one-day game.
These are times of unparallelled success. As England fans, sometimes, it might just be an idea to pinch yourselves and enjoy them.