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  • England shine for Pietersen

    England 49-1 (17 overs): CLOSE: FINE DAY FOR ENGLAND. The home side lose Strauss early on, but Cook and Bell combine to see them through to the close with an unbroken 42-run stand. 

    England 42-1 (15 overs): Good progress from England this evening, eight overs remaining. Bell and Cook haven't given the South Africans a sniff since Strauss' wicket.

    England 34-1 (12 overs): Ntini is still slanting the ball across Cook, who is doing well to maintain his discipline. The light is fine at the moment; a beautiful summer's evening. 

    England 29-1 (9 overs): Good stuff from the England boys at the

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  • Shambolic Pakistan shamed at Lord’s

    It was a mournful, sombre atmosphere at cricket's HQ as a humiliated Pakistan completed their hapless capitulation in the fourth Test, overstepping the mark of irresponsible batting in the process.

    The tourists recorded their heaviest ever defeat in a Test match as England's number nine Stuart Broad ended up scoring more runs in his one knock than the entire Pakistan side could muster in either of their two innings.

    While England were busy swiping a staggeringly spineless Pakistan batting line-up aside, there was an unavoidable elephant in the Lord's Long Room - the shocking allegations of

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  • Bad light… again

    Once again we're left flummoxed by the light. The English summer
    provides too little, the floodlights at Lord's too much.

    With the
    cheapest ticket at Lord's no less than £50, surely the International Cricket
    Council need to act to ensure the paying public get their money's worth.

    The
    current regulations put the umpires in an almost impossible position. The
    floodlights were turned on in north west London, but the artificial
    light and the red ball combined causes havoc for batsmen. Catch 22.

    Alastair
    Cook and Jonathan Trott were hauled off and, granted, the rain which delayed
    the start of the

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  • Rip up the record books

    It was a day which had every bespectacled, ginger beer-swilling
    statistician purring over their homemade scorecards as Jonathan Trott and Stuart
    Broad became record breakers.

    Aside from merely eclipsing his father Chris's highest Test score,
    Broad also scored double the amount of the entire Pakistan side as the tourists
    wilted woefully like a Bangladesh tail in the final two sessions of the day.

    The lanky seamer fell just four runs short of the best score by a
    Test number nine with his 169, but his exploits earned him a meal at "the
    most expensive restaurant in town" on Paul Collingwood's

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  • Wahab the next Wasim

    Who
    or what is a Wahab Riaz? That was the question on everyone's lips at the start
    of play at The Oval, but by stumps everyone was well aware of the Wasim Akram
    reincarnate.

    The
    debutant, who did not manage to take more than two wickets in an innings during
    the entirety of the Pakistan first-class season, mustered three in the morning
    session alone to run through the England top order
    and took five in all.

    Akram,
    who could make the red cherry walk and talk like no one else, would have been
    grinning broadly as the man nicknamed Vicky had England's batsmen on the hop
    with his

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  • Aamer glimpse into the future

    Despite
    having a haircut Jennifer Aniston would be proud of, Mohammad Aamer still
    managed to see through his floppy locks to run through the England middle order
    like a knife through butter before Stuart Broad and Johnny Trott staged a
    staggering comeback.

    The
    prodigious 18-year-old, aka the floppy-haired assassin, absolutely obliterated
    the England middle order, who appeared to be playing French cricket as they
    tentatively wafted their sticks of willow at his dizzying array of rapid
    deliveries.

    England
    were Aamer-ed in the morning as Kevin 'I'm atrociously out of nick' Pietersen,
    Paul 'I was

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  • Streaky Chef saves his bacon

    Will
    Cookie crumble? Alastair Cook had bad puns and intense scrutiny over his place
    at the top of the order to contend with at The Oval, but he responded with a
    gutsy ton.

    On
    a docile deck the out-of-nick opener attempted to reach his half-century
    exclusively in thick edges through third slip, and would have succeeded but for
    an inadvertent flick through square leg for two. As the old saying goes, 'when
    you are in a bad trot, flash hard and edge even harder'.

    But
    after bringing a new meaning to the term "streaky" as he edged,
    nicked and sliced his way to 50 with every technical frailty being

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  • Go-slow but India build

    PLAY IS CALLED OFF FOR THE DAY! England's torture is brought to an end. Not a good day as India fight back to put themselves in a great position. Play will start half-an-hour early tomorrow to make up for the time lost today. 

    Scorecard

    Seems like there is little chance of the light improving, but play has not been officially called off for the day at this stage. 

    India 179-1 (72 overs) Anderson goes close to bowling Dravid with a fine reverse-swing in-ducker which beats the batsman's prod. Harper takes his light meter out again...more chat from the umpires - AND THE LIGHT IS OFFERED! 

    India

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  • Teen spirit sees off England

    Alastair Cook showed remarkable character to battle back from the doldrums on Friday, but hats off to Pakistan for trumping the England opener in the show of spirit stakes in this Test.

    It would have been easy for the tourists to roll over and accept defeat before a ball had been bowled at the Oval on a pitch which is usually a batsman's dream.

    But Salman Butt's young troops punched, kicked and screamed against an England side who were below par but now have something to consider going into the final Test at Lord's next week.

    It was nervy, yes, but we have come to expect nothing less from

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  • The return of the bearded wonder

    After
    seven months away from Test cricket, Mohammad 'the bearded wonder' Yousuf
    returned
    to remind England that only something very special could stop him
    grinding the hosts into the dirt.

    That
    something very special was Graeme 'where's my screwdrivers?' Swann, who added '100 Test wickets' to his profile,
    right alongside his record of cat-saving antics and practical jokes on Tim
    Bresnan.

    Swann lured the unflappable Yousuf into a rare loose stroke, then
    snaffled a stonker of a return catch to ensure that he did not 'do an Akmal' and
    drop one off his own bowling, before wheeling away in

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