Cow Corner

  • England’s cricketers beat Australia in the first Test of the 1932 Ashes series on this day – in a tour they won 4-1 after using controversial bodyline bowling tactics.

    Harold Larwood, the spearhead of the bruising new technique of aiming directly at opponents, dismissed 10 batsmen during the initial five-day encounter in Sydney.

    And England won the Test by 10 wickets after going into the final innings needing only a single run to beat Australia’s total of 524.

    The victory surprised many who witnessed the antipodean side’s superior batsmen rout their greatest rivals on English soil two years

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  • View from Down Under: Poms’ worst nightmare

    As if Michael Clarke's imperious batting on day two of the second Ashes Test was not bad enough for England, another Australian hero Mitchell Johnson had a chance to strike terror into England hearts late on in the day and given an indication of what is to come on Saturday.

    That's the view in the morning's Australian papers, with a photo of the moustachioed menace adorning the back page of Sydney's Daily Telegraph under the headline 'Poms' worst nightmare'.

    If every Englishman who'll pull on the pads today didn't sleep well last night, this is the man you can blame.

    Mitchell Johnson was at

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  • After the animosity of Brisbane, the calm of Adelaide. An opening day to the second Ashes Test that saw both Australian and England squander chances to gain the upper hand has resulted in a far more measured media reaction, compared to the fireworks that followed the first match in Brisbane.

    The general view is that it was honours even after a topsy-turvy day at the Adelaide Oval, during which Australia first threatened to run away with a huge score on what was an ideal batting wicket before then England fought back with afternoon wickets.

    Indeed the tourists could have ended the day on top

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  • The view from Down Under: Do the English… slowly

    Australians were, understandably, upbeat ahead of the start of the second Ashes Test against England at the Adelaide Oval.

    Having trounced England in Brisbane in the series opener, some of Australia's most respected columnists could barely conceal their delight at the thought of turning the screw on England.

    Peter FitzSimons, a columnist in the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote:

    With Australia so overwhelmingly on top in that first Test; with our batsmen so much stronger than theirs; with our bowlers terrorising theirs with every second ball; with our campaign on a roll and theirs in disarray;

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  • Cricket Australia has apologised after being criticised on social media for a clumsy joke involving England spinner Monty Panesar posted on Twitter during the opening day of the second Ashes Test.

    A picture of four men wearing turbans posing in a corridor was posted on the governing body's Twitter feed:

    The post drew a number of negative responses, including from former England captain Michael Vaughan who tweeted: "Awful from @CricketAus".

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  • The MCC is planning to revamp the Warner Stand at Lord’s cricket ground – but the £21m redevelopment is only set to add 100 seats to the venue.

    A planning application was submitted to Westminster City Council on Friday, which outlined the first stage of the MCC’s ‘Masterplan for Lord’s’ which will end up costing around £200m over the next decade-and-a-half.

    This initial phase is a redevelopment of the Warner Stand, which currently holds 2,800 fans. It will now hold 2,900.

    The MCC’s justification for the spend of £210,000 per seat is that sightlines would be ‘vastly improved’, with 600 of these

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  • Test series could define McCullum’s future

    New Zealand's Test series against West Indies could define captain Brendon McCullum's future with the aggressive batsman battling a chronic back injury and reports suggesting he is contemplating retirement.

    The 32-year-old McCullum returned home early from the tour of Bangladesh to receive treatment on his back, which has bothered him for more than two years.

    The Dominion Post reported earlier this week that McCullum had two protruding discs in his back and was suffering from arthritis and taking painkillers to get through games.

    The first match of the three-Test series on his home ground at

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  • Announcer sacked after mocking Panesar with Indian accent

    Ground announcer David Nixon has been sanctioned and relieved of his duties after making racially insensitive comments towards England spinner Monty Panesar.

    Nixon, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation producer, was heard introducing Panesar in an Indian accent during England's tour match against the CA Chairman's XI at Treager Park.

    England's left-arm spinner, who was born in Luton and is of Indian descent, is understood not to have heard the announcer's remarks.

    Panesar's teammate Ian Bell said that he and the players could hear Nixon in the background but were focused on the match: "We

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  • The developers of the official 'Ashes 2013' video game have been forced to apologise profusely after an uproar from fans following its ill-advised release.

    The game, which was originally scheduled for a release this summer to coincide with the series in the English summer, had to be swiftly cancelled as huge problems infuriated customers.

    Development issues initially delayed the release of the game - officially licensed by the English Cricket Board and Cricket Australia - and probably should have prevented it from ever being put forward.

    But publisher 505 Games gave it a - very brief -

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  • Taliban: Stop praising India’s Sachin Tendulkar

    The Pakistan Taliban have posted a very unusual video asking people in the country to stop celebrating the career of India's Sachin Tendulkar.

    The cricket world has lined up to pay tribute to Tendulkar, one of the greatest players of all time, who retired earlier this month.

    However, the Pakistan Taliban clearly feel the idolising has gone too far, and have asked people in the country to instead focus on their own team.

    Having then moved on to analysing the Pakistan team, captain Misbah-ul-Haq is labelled as a "substandard and low-level player".

    Flanked by two masked men with AK-47s, the

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