Cow Corner

  • So that’s how you get Cook out

    After 26 hours of batting in this series, and 547 runs, you'd forgive India for feeling just a little deflated about bowling to Alastair Cook.

    There he was, on 190 runs, cruising along despite twice being dropped (if Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma played for Cow Corner's local team that would mean they'd be buying the post-match drinks… for a while) and looking as if he might bat until the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse came trotting down past Eden Gardens.

    Screen grabs from Sky SportsBut it transpired that Cook does have a weakness — the freak run out.

    As far as dismissals go, it must count as one of the strangest

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  • Record-breaking Cook has only just begun

    As Alastair Cook lifted his helmet, raised his bat and took the plaudits for the 23rd time in his Test career, Cowers briefly found himself wondering whether the England skipper ever got tired.

    A quick look at the left-hander later, still not sweating after another five hours of batting in the Indian and sunshine quickly dispelled the notion.

    Like Sachin Tendulkar on the opposing side, any visit to the crease for Cook from now on is likely to bring with an assault on the record books. In fact, one of the landmarks Cook eclipsed today belonged to the Little Master - the youngest batsman with

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  • Ponting retires as one of the true cricketing greats

    It's not often that the retirement of a player prompts a barrage of tributes and tearful responses from team-mates, but that was the reaction for Ricky Ponting as he decided to end his international career.

    Indeed, even Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott broke off from a heated parliamentary debate to laud one of crickets greats.

    Ponting's successor as Australia captain, Michael Clarke, could not contain his emotions when he was asked to react to his friend's decision to quite the international game, while a standing ovation sent the veteran batsman on

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  • England spin it to win it

    India captain MS Dhoni wanted wickets which turned in this series against England. Even when his side romped to victory in the opening Test, he was agitating for a track which offered more. At least in the wake of defeat in Mumbai, he had the good grace to accept he had gotten the pitch he demanded.

    India loaded their team with three front-line twirlers — and they were comprehensively outbowled by two of England's. It was never before thus.

    England bowled 125.2 overs of spin, and took 19-329 in that time. India, by contrast, bowled 116.1 with spinners, garnering just nine wickets for 418.


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  • Kevin Pietersen: England’s finest

    England's rise to number one in the Test world rankings was built on team unity and a group of players performing regularly at standards they had previously not known. Their fall from grace saw the team spirit fractured and a collective dip in form in all departments. Their resurgence in Mumbai is the fruit of acts of individual brilliance.

    Alastair Cook (339 runs at 113) has led from the front with his second century of the series — and his fourth in his four Tests as captain. Graeme Swann (12 wickets at 24.91) and Monty Panesar (10 at 19) have accepted the early Christmas presents gifted by

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