Cow Corner

  • Ashes Warne-ing unfounded

    The conclusion of the inaugural IPL left a taste in Cowers' mouth as bitter as a witch's teet.

    Sunday's final victory for the Rajasthan Royals might have been a triumph for the underdog; a coup for the unsung, the obscure, the shrewd. Unfortunately, it was also a triumph for Shane Warne - and no-one wanted that.

    Thankfully, Warne's manager has confirmed that the England tormentor won't be making a Test comeback following the sudden retirement of Stuey MacGill.

    Not because he is desperately unfit, or as demotivated as a student with a DVD box set of 24, a free afternoon and a potfull of weed

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  • Colly lays the wood down

    Eng 297-6 (80 overs) - STUMPS!! Ambrose pulls Ntini away for his second boundary and England will take a 214-run lead into day four. Join us at 10am for coverage - you never know, it might be fun.

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    Eng 287-6 (77 overs) - WHAT A SHOT, A CENTURY!! Collingwood walks down the tracks and plants Harris into the crowd for the six that brings up his fifth Test century. A great comeback and is met with rapture from the crowd but reserved determination from the batsman. England now lead by 204 - time for a couple of more overs.

    Eng 279-6 (75 overs) - Colly flicks a low

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  • Beer steals The Hoff’s thunder

    It would have been hard for anyone to look more ridiculous than David Hasselhoff at the SCG on Tuesday but Michael Beer managed it - somehow overstepping while bowling his 50mph trundler to nullify Alastair Cook's gift dismissal. 

    Of course The Hoff was treated like a visiting God by a country where semi-ironic iconic status lasts at least five years longer than anywhere else in the world. 

    Known for his top-heavy beach-blonde sidekicks, it was no surprise to see The Hoff make a beeline for Shane Warne during the afternoon.

    In fairness to Beer he somewhat redeemed himself taking a steepling

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  • Take a bow, Alastair Cook

    The stark difference in mentality between England and Australia became obvious at the moment when Shane Watson took Alastair Cook's wicket on day three of the final Ashes Test.

    Despite having scored 189 to put England within sight of a series win - and accumulating the best Ashes total in Australia since the Bradman era - Cook could barely hide his disgust at a badly timed drive as he left the field to a great ovation.

    Watson, conversely, looked no less pleased than Shane Warne after the ball of the last century and double pointed to the sky for the divine inspiration that enabled him to bowl

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  • Khawaja gives Aussies reason to cheer

    On a gloomy Sydney day, Usman Khawaja gave Australia rare reason for cheer. Had the late afternoon rain fallen two minutes earlier he could have resumed his knock tomorrow rather than fall victim to his first false shot of the day.

    He couldn't quite emulate David Gower, a classy left-hander from another era, by hitting his first Test ball for four, instead prodding through the legside for two, but second-ball he hooked Chris Tremlett superbly to the square leg boundary.

    The headlines about him emulating the hundred scored twenty years ago on debut by Mark Waugh - a man who has championed

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  • Australia sunk like the Titanic

    Using the word Titanic to describe a cricketing calamity usually seems excessive. Not today, when Australia were out for their worst total batting first in an Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval since the great liner perished.

    William McMaster Murdoch may not have had warning of an iceberg en route, but Australia can scarcely claim to have had insufficient warning of the phenomenon that sunk them as James Anderson bowled similarly brilliantly in the second innings at Brisbane.

    Mike Hussey hilariously suggested Anderson got "a bit of luck". From the guy who would have about 260 runs less if two

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  • England wellied at the WACA

    The clearest sign of a shift in the momentum of the series was patently clear for all observers. England's 310 total runs scored at the WACA was 19 less than Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott's second-innings partnership in the first Test.

    England crumbled to defeat by 267 runs in less than an hour in Perth on day four, and it felt just like a revisit from the ghosts of Christmas Past.

    Excluding the Test against a second-string Australia side in 1978, England have not won a Test match in Perth, and in eight of the 11 Tests they have been destroyed at that.

    But there are reasons to be cheerful

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  • Fredalo, Let’s Go!

    South Africa 256-6 (75 overs) It's all got a bit Ken Loach - too dark - and the players have gone off for the day. That was an exciting hour, some wickets for Flintoff and England have a sniff of getting back in this game. In sniff terms - it's a Michael sized nose rather than a Pete Townshend's sized jumbo conk - but a sniff nonetheless. Join us at 10am tomorrow when we will adapt our nose analogy throughout the day.

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    South Africa 255-6 (75 overs) Mark Boucher could have an argument in an empty room. This time he's got some England fielders to join in his favourite pasttime...he

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  • Johnson finds his mojo

    There
    hasn't been a sportsman who had such variants of form as Mitchell Johnson since
    Billy Dane, hero of Roy of the Rovers' comic strip story Billy's Boots.

    After
    his sub-Steve Harmison display at Brisbane, on Friday at Perth Johnson bowled
    one of the great Ashes spells ending with 6-38 as England fell to 187 all out.

    For
    Dane, the key to transferring from being the worst footballer in his school to
    the best striker was wearing a pair of old, battered football boots which
    belonged to legendary goalscorer Jimmy 'Dead Shot' Keen. There would be drama
    on a fortnightly basis as he would contrive

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  • Hussey the hero again

    Another Mike Hussey masterclass and a glut of late England wickets has it looking a certainty that the Ashes will be level at Christmas.

    Disappointingly, unlike yesterday when superb bowling brought about England's demise, on this occasion, poor shots from the middle order was to blame as they were left sprawling at 81 for five.

    A target of 391 on a pitch that isn't a road always seemed a big ask but this England team earned the right to be believed in, especially after South Africa made 414 to win here - admittedly on an easier wicket - in 2008.

    England were always going to need a big opening

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