Cow Corner

  • TV blackout can’t spare England’s blushes

    In hindsight, England would have been happy if the TV blackout which blighted the start of the first one-day international in Hyderabad had not been resolved.

    Andy Flower's side suffered a chastening defeat to an India side who had been salivating at the prospect of a revenge victory ever since their dismal English summer culminated in a 3-0 series defeat in the NatWest Series.

    The local media billed it as 'The Payback Series' and spent weeks transforming their heroes into gun-wielding warriors on Photoshop.

    England enjoyed fleeting periods of being in contention, but were ultimately thrashed

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  • England’s reality check

    Remember
    when England were walloping India every time they played? Of course you do - it
    was only last month, after all.

    A month and
    a day ago England and India lined up in Cardiff in the final one-day
    international of the summer. England won thanks to a precocious knock of 41
    from 21 balls by Jonny Bairstow to complete a 3-0 series win.

    There are just four changes from
    the two line-ups between Cardiff and Delhi. India have replaced the retired Rahul
    Dravid with the returning Gautam Gambhir, while RP Singh has made way for Umesh
    Yadav, and Praveen Kumar's return has dislodged Munaf Patel. For

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  • The great Trott debate

    England may have suffered a third successive chastening defeat, but most of the post-match debate was focused upon the innings of 98 played by Jonathan Trott.

    Such is the apparent obsession with the England number three's style of play that he can fall two runs shy of a one-day international century, and still have his contribution heavily scrutinised.

    It was certainly to type, no doubt about it. One accusation which can never be levelled at the ICC's cricketer of the year is a lack of consistency.

    Trott made 98 off 116 balls
    as he effectively anchored the England innings with no intention of

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  • Beleaguered ICC must get a grip

    Cricket's world Test championship has been shelved - until 2017 at least - and the proverbial climbdown represents another humiliating defeat for the ICC.

    World cricket's governing body is still reeling from the barrage of criticism it received following the spot-fixing scandal, with its image and reputation at a new low and Andrew Strauss describing the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit as a "toothless tiger".

    Chief executive Haroon Lorgat cuts a fairly beleaguered figure. There are constant accusations of deference to the BCCI, feelings of abandonment from associate nations and frustrations

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  • What next for England after golden year?

    What a year it has been for English cricket.

    Andy Flower's men now find themselves top of the ICC world rankings in two different formats having won the Ashes, thrashed India at home and created history in the process.

    England now have an unprecedented two months off in which they can bask in their achievements and rest their weary limbs from the proverbial treadmill of international cricket.

    But equally, they will be bracing themselves. What ensues is a virtually unbroken and gruelling sequence of 30 months of international cricketing toil.

    Next year, starting in the United Arab Emirates of

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  • Where does cricket go from here?

    Justice has been served, but where does
    the game of cricket go from here?

    Three former Pakistan international
    cricketers were escorted from the dock by prison officers on Thursday
    after
    being handed combined jail sentences totalling four years for their part in the
    spot-fixing plot in their Test match against England at Lord's last year.

    Salman Butt, the disgraced Pakistan
    captain during that Test and a man described by Mr Justice Cooke as "the
    orchestrator of this activity", was jailed for two years and six months.

    Mohammad Asif, who bowled one of three
    prearranged no-balls at the centre of

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  • Flower leadership vital for England future

    Inevitably, there is always a failure just around the corner from any success. Just ask Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he travelled to England full of confidence with his side top of the Test rankings and having just won the World Cup on home soil.

    As much as all and sundry were gleefully showering England with praise after their summer exploits, there were few willing to defend those at the helm following a shambolic and frankly insipid showing in the one-day internationals in India.

    There has been no point attempting to even thinly veil or mask the tourists' alarming deficiencies and failings

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  • England series ratings… look away now

    It was billed as the 'Payback series' by the Indian press after a dismal tour of England, but the roles were reversed entirely as Alastair Cook's side suffered a 5-0 series whitewash.

    A quite catastrophic capitulation from 129 without loss to 176 all out in the fifth one-day international in Kolkata summed up what has been a truly dismal tour from Andy Flower's men.

    Abject, inept, insipid, dire, dismal, shoddy, shambolic - England's efforts will be described using many words, but none of them remotely positive.

    It was only August 23 that Cowers gushed over the exploits of the England side

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  • Has success gone to England’s heads?

    England came into this five-match pyjama cricket series with India off the back of a truly monumental summer, but somehow felt the need to drop the world's number one ODI bowler Graeme Swann.

    Andy Flower's men had humiliated India at home, and let's not forget the remarkably convincing string of victories which the summer entailed.

    England won the Test series 4-0 in a stunning clean-sweep of wins, before winning the solitary Twenty20 at Old Trafford by six wickets, and finally sealing a 3-0 triumph in the five-match ODI series.

    But has success now gone to their heads?

    Even the staunchest

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  • How long can Somerset’s Indian summer last?

    Nail-biting
    finishes have been plentiful in a thrilling Champions League T20 tournament so
    far in India.

    At the time
    of writing there have been 16 games in the competition. 10 of those have gone
    down to the last over - an incredible six of those to the final ball.

    When two
    teams can barely be split after 39.5 overs, is it just luck that determines who
    wins and who loses?

    Cowers
    chatted to Andy Hurry, whose Somerset team are the only English county side
    remaining in the competition, and he was philosophical on these final moments.

    "In
    Twenty20 cricket there's a lot of luck involved," Hurry

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