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  • Broad sets up thumping win

    Thanks for joining me for this incredible afternoon; England look like the best one-day side in the world at the moment. They're not, obviously - but that's what they look like. 

    Engand 85-0 (14.1 overs): THERE IT IS! ENGLAND CRUSH SOUTH AFRICA! Prior rocks back and smashes the ball through mid-wicket for the winning boundary! England have absolutely hammered the tourists here. Prior finishes with a super 45 not out after six catches earlier; Broad set up the victory with his best-ever ODI bowling figures. 

    England 77-0 (13 overs): Prior spanks another four through the off-side as Nel drops a

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  • All hail Anderson the all-rounder

    Many questioned whether England's total of 425 was plump or paltry, but Australia did their best Bangladesh impression with the bat to leave the hosts in a dominant position in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

    Ricky Ponting's men were left in a precarious position after making just 156 for the loss of eight wickets after an inspired bowling display from England on a dank day in St John's Wood.

    But the best news is that England have already found a replacement to fill the all-rounder void left by Andrew Flintoff's impending Test cricket retirement: the unlikely figure of Jimmy Anderson seems to

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  • Raining sixes and dodgy Duckworth

    It was a shower of sixes in Guyana as a combination of brute force (Luke Wright) and audacious flicks, sweeps and paddles (Eoin Morgan) saw England plunder 11 sixes in their rain-ruined slog-about with the West Indies and still somehow lose. 

    Morgan could hardly have frustrated West Indies more in his side's defeat had he winked after every reverse-paddled boundary and doffed his helmet at the bowler in the manner of a latter-day Derek Randall.

    The Middlesex Magician had Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo apoplectic with rage as he skipped around at the crease like Tillakaratne Dilshan after a

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  • Sluggish wickets, thuggish slogging and Shaggy

    Three years ago the ICC hosted a World Cup in the Caribbean of such epically inept proportions that the region was left humiliated and profitless, but already this time there has been drama, atmosphere, and Shaggy.

    Already the crowds are significantly better, with a format which clearly had everyone but West Indies assistant coach Jimmy 'what are you looking at' Adams in raptures for the most part.

    At the 2009 World Twenty20 in England, a heavy dousing of rain ensured that singer Alesha Dixon's entrance was canned at Lord's, and many would have been hoping for a similar fate to fall upon the

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  • England cling on despite classic collapse

    A capitulation reminiscent of England back in the 90s almost saw South Africa clinch a stunning victory at Centurion, but for a classic rearguard by Paul Collingwood and some final over French cricket by Graham Onions.

    As the old saying goes: when the going gets tough, Ian Bell gets out and Paul Collingwood gets grinding. As for Friedel de Wet, well he simply showered himself in glory, before being taken off by a sentimental Graeme Smith.

    The man they call 'Brigadier block', arrested the South Africans' sudden surge of inspiration with a dogged knock, after an implosion like England circa 1998

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  • Tigers caught by hook or by Cook

    A run-chase of savagery, conviction and ruthless intent led by captain-for-unfashionable-tours Alastair Cook, saw England beat Bangladesh to seal a 2-0 series win.

    Amassing 209 from 54 overs may not sound like the kind of chase which would require Cook and his able accomplice Kevin Pietersen to dust off their long-handles and take the Clive Lloyd approach of whacking on seven grips, then another for good luck, but it required aggression nonetheless.

    It was an ask more befitting of a Michael Bevan or a Neil Fairbrother approach than a Shahid Afridi (belligerent) or Jesse Ryder (hefty in every

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  • No jug for nine-short Bresnan

    Toil and lethargy were the overriding factors on another gruelling day in Dhaka, but a jaunty skip and mow saw Tim Bresnan fall just short of what would have been a very popular maiden Test century.

    It was how you felt when Paul Collingwood left the crease at Cardiff with his head hung low in despair, only that was the Ashes, and Monty Panesar was padded up in the hutch, ready to be deployed.

    Bresnan is surely too good a player (he has at least six spokes to his wagon wheel) to not be presented with other opportunities to raise his blade in the direction of the tea lady and get in a jug of

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  • Less of a Trott, more an amble

    England's first innings in the second Test in Dhaka could not have contrasted more with that of their hosts.

    On the opening day, we were treated to a thrilling smash and grab by Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal, a youngster clearly playing his game under the influence of Twenty20 cricket.

    A day later there was Jonathan Trott, whose attritional innings reminded us how Test cricket is normally played. Or at least how it is played by people over the age of 25.

    In comparison to Tamim's swashbuckling 85 off 71, Trott appeared to be in suspended animation at times during his dogged 64 of 187 balls,

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  • Tamim comes of age

    What a way to come of age. On his 21st birthday, Tamim Iqbal announced himself on the world stage with a remarkable knock of 85 off 71 balls.

    Turning 21 normally means a few drinks and a public loss of inhibitions. For Tamim it was no different - although the drinks were of an isotonic nature in the baking Dhaka heat, and the exhibitionism was restricted to a dazzling array of cricket shots.

    True, the Bangladesh opener missed joining a select group of players who have scored Test hundreds before lunch on the first day, but this will resonate even more than either of his two centuries to date,

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  • Bresnan feasts with Belly

    Ian Bell managed to combine a steely mentality which belied his established reputation, while unfurling an array of classy strokes to spare England's blushes in Dhaka.

    It was as if the effervescent David Gower had somehow merged with the destructively-dogged Shivnarine Chanderpaul as Bell reached his 10th Test hundred in serene fashion, in stark contrast to the heavy-handed frenzied fumbling of others.

    Not to be included in that assessment is Tim Bresnan, who remained unbeaten at the close after battling, grafting, toiling and generally sweating his way to 76.

    Bell, sporting an objectionable

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