Cook powers on for England at Edgbaston

August 12, 2011

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Alastair Cook finished 182 not out, as England assumed total control against India on day two at Edgbaston.

The home side closed on 456-3 which is a lead of 232 with 7 first innings wickets still in hand. Cook was the star, on a day to forget for the Indian cricket team. England piled on 372 runs in the three sessions at the loss of just three wickets yesterday.

Cook’s hundred was his 19th in Test match cricket and after some low scores in the two previous Test matches he would have been delighted with this effort. Cook just needs a further 18 more runs this morning for a double century. With three days still to bat the potential for England to post a mammoth first innings total is highly possible.

Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen both recorded half centuries in decent time which gave great support to Cook. The Irish born Englishman, Eoin Morgan is currently at the crease with Cook, on 44 not out and will be hoping to cash in on a tired Indian attack this morning.

England’s batsmen have looked far superior to that of India’s bowling line up, and have found making runs all too easy in this series. The thing that must worry Mahendra Singh Dhoni more than anything is what seems to be the lack of spirit within their team. Their top batsmen look disinterested when in the field and they themselves have provided no spark with the bat.

India will be hoping for a miracle today in order to get back into this series.

Chris Murtagh 12/08/11

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