India Cooked up in third Test

England batsman’s superb double puts hosts on top in 3rd Test.

Afp August 12, 2011

BIRMINGHAM: Alastair Cook’s career-best 266 not out and a hundred from Eoin Morgan saw England pile on the agony for India at Edgbaston.

The hosts were a massive 646 for six at tea on the third day for a lead of 422.

It all left England superbly placed to go an unbeatable 3-0 up in this four-match series and secure a win that would see them replace India at the top of the ICC’s Test Championship table.

Cook has now batted for 11 hours and 43 minutes and in the process become the first England batsman to score 250 in a Test since his mentor Graham Gooch, now England’s batting coach, made 333 against India at Lord’s in 1990.

Only the persevering Praveen Kumar, one of India’s few success stories on an injury-hit tour, maintained a measure of control with two for 92 in another lengthy innings stint of 39 overs.

Cook, 206 not out at lunch, stroked leg-spinner Amit Mishra through the covers for a three that took him past his previous Test best of 235 not out against Australia in Brisbane in November.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2011.

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