Cow Corner

  • KP leads Riverside cruise

    NZ 193 (42.5 overs) - Two wickets for Collingwood in the 41st over as Hopkins cuts to Bopara at backward point and Vettori pulls to Anderson at deep mid-wicket. The skipper picks up his third and fourth in the next over as Mills pulls Wright to mid-wicket and Southee picks out Bell at mid-off. A canter for England as they win by 114 runs.

    SCORECARD | MATCH GALLERY   

    NZ 178-6 (40 overs) - Unlucky for Flynn as umpire Nigel Llong adjuges him to have gloved Swann down the leg-side. Replays indicate it was his thigh pad but he is forced to depart for 34.

    NZ 150-5 (35 overs) - Dan Flynn has been

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  • Australia clinical, England crumble

    A tenacious ton from Marcus North paved the way for Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson to trigger a second England capitulation with the bat in as many days.

    Steve Harmison and James Anderson bowled with all the precision and focus of a Formula One driver spraying victory champagne - albeit with less conviction - as Australia compiled 445.

    Despite North's century, his day was not perfect: the batsman dropped Matt Prior off the final delivery of the day as England faced the prospect of an extra half-hour, and the ignominy of a two-day defeat.

    After being on the receiving end of widespread

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  • Tenacious Tigers make history

    It
    was 247 days since Bangladesh last won a game of cricket, but Bristol proved to
    be the historic venue when Mashrafe Mortaza's tenacious Tigers recorded their
    first ever win over England.

    Andrew
    Strauss spends his life telling all and sundry that winning is a habit, and
    Bangladesh had not won since they edged past Zimbabwe back in November 2009. But
    when you've got a roaring Shafiul Islam in your ranks, anything is possible.

    Shafiul,
    who considers himself firmly in the "very fast" bracket, held his
    nerve and, once the standing ovation for Ian Bell had subsided after he limped
    out holding

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  • Mike Gatting – All is forgiven

    35 years after the International Cricket Council decided to hold a limited overs tournament, England have finally won one.

    Three 60-over events and six 50-over tournaments under the guise of the World Cup, six Champions Trophies and two Twenty20 World Championships and England had left with nothing.

    Every other established Test nation, even New Zealand, had come away from one of those 17 tournaments with the trophy except England.

    Cowers is too young to clearly remember the 1979 World Cup final when a Viv Richards ton helped the all-conquering West Indies set England 287 to win, a chase

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  • England’s Bell-igerent new number three

    As
    Ricky Ponting once said, "a niggle is no reason for a rest", and Kevin Pietersen will have resented the call for him to 'take a blow' as he watched Ian Bell rack up a swift 82 over a
    crate of Castle Lager in his front room.

    Bell
    resisted the urge to point to the number three on the back of his shirt and
    flick the 'V' at the Trent Bridge media centre, a la Nasser Hussain, as he
    brought up his 16th ODI half-century, opting instead to sheepishly flick his
    blade towards the England balcony.

    Pietersen
    has not scored a one-day international 50 for 17 innings (since November 2008)
    which was,

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  • Tait ton lights up Lord’s

    Forget the match, the extremely sunburnt
    fans at cricket's HQ were treated to an enthralling and thrilling ton - and there
    was not a hefty lump of willow or a calculated swish of a sponsor's logo
    involved.

    Everyone remembers the nonchalant tuck
    into the leg side from Nick Knight as he treated a 100.2mph delivery from
    Shoaib Akhtar with contempt, and this time it was Craig 'ladies love it'
    Kieswetter who was equally unflustered.

    Belying the conventional theory of
    'easing into a spell', Shaun 'I did my warm up when I was 16' Tait sent down a delivery at 100.1mph in his first over
    which

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  • Pup and Punter at the races

    If there is one thing Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke love more than
    telling reporters to "look, mate", it is gambling on the horses. Aside from that, a penchant for compiling big scores is also right up there.

    Both Pup and Punter racked up 90s, with the skipper scoring his runs at what
    Sir Vivian Richards would have termed 'a fair old lick', while even his vice had
    a respectable strike rate to go with his efforts as Australia beat England by 78 runs.

    Given 'Pup's' tepid scoring so far in the series, the cynical observers
    (Cowers included) pondered whether Andrew Strauss's inept grounding of

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  • What a day for glorious England

    On a day when England's football team were widely derided and Mueller-ed in South Africa, the nation's cricketers were busy notching up a series victory over their old rivals Australia at Old Trafford.

    England now have the bragging rights over Ricky Ponting's side in all three formats of the game having won the Ashes, the World Twenty20 and the one-day series.

    What is more, if Andrew Strauss's side win at either The Oval or Lord's they will rise to second in the ODI world rankings - why is everyone not out on the streets drinking Doug Bollinger and impersonating Ponting's reckless dance down

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  • 90 overs of hell

    So we've got the Twenty20, Pro40, 50-over, four-day county and five-day Test matches.

    You'd think that this lot would cover the needs of the cricket world, but no: the Bangladesh Cricket Board is now set to introduce 90-over matches.

    The Dhaka Premier League, traditionally a 50-over contest, will be expanded to allow the country's cricketers a chance to gain Test-like experience, apparently.

    "The new version will help players to develop their skill to stay for a longer time on the crease," said BCB official Ghulam Mohammed Alomgir. "It will be a two-day affair instead of one day."

    What next?

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  • Relegation call for turgid Tigers

    So England complete their home and away series with a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate victory over Bangladesh - the very fact that this outcome was a huge odds-on shot is a pretty damning indictment of where Bangladeshi cricket is.

    The previous matches saw 181-run, nine and eight wicket victories for England - comprehensive enough outcomes - but today's innings and 80 runs success was a rout.

    To lose 20 wickets in less than 65 overs is not even close to being acceptable and makes something of a mockery of the tag 'Test' cricket.

    Some brain dead batting from the tourists does nothing to help

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