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    Cook out

    Alastair Cook was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved 300 by only six runs.

    Alastair Cook missed out on a well-deserved triple century by six runs, but his marathon knock saw England declare their first innings at Edgbaston on 710 for 7 declared; with which Andrew Strauss’ team has taken one step closer to usurping India from their ranking as the No. 1 Test team.

    Scyld Berry pays tribute to Cook’s effort in this well-written article in The Daily Telegraph. And, writing in the same paper, Simon Hughes feels with his second Test century, Eoin Morgan has closed the debate on who should be England’s No. 6 batsman.

    A telling indictment of how Sehwag’s king pair sums up India’s tour of England so far in this article. Vic Marks compares India’s woes to in the series to the ones usually suffered by lesser county cricket teams.

    David

    Read More »from The Enemy Camp: Praise aplenty for Cook
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    Scorecard / Action in images

    11:25 pm - End of Day 3, India 35/1

    Day 3 ends 1 over early due to poor light with India on 35/1 (Dravid 18, Gambhir 14) after losing Virender Sehwag for a King Pair. They are still 451 runs in arrears with two days of this Test to go. Saving this Test match will need another Kolkata 2001 - but the men who orchestrated that brilliant comeback are still part of this Indian side - we'll have to wait to Day 4 to see how Edgbaston unfolds.

    Is this Viru's worst Test ever?

    Question for readers: Who should open for India in the 4th Test at the Oval next week? Would you still bank on Sehwag given his King pair and lack of match practice? Or would you go for Mukund who despite having failed in the first 2 Tests did make a century against (a second grade)

    Read More »from Live Blog: England vs India, Day 3, Edgbaston
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    cook

    Unbeaten Alastair Cook (182) added to India's misery as England batsmen piled 456 for three on the second day of the third Test against poor/listless/weary-looking India at Edgbaston. Cook, with his 19th century, moved ahead of David Gower, Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen in the list of Test centurions. With three more days to go, England are in complete control of the third Test and a win here will not only give them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-Test series but will also replace India as No.1 team.

    Vic Marks of The Guardian sums it up with 'Nowadays a Cook century is never a surprise.'

    But there are signs of evolution in Cook's batting. Increasingly he cracks the ball through extra-cover, hitherto a bit of a no-go area. Off the back foot he hits in that direction with surprising power and a vertical bat. Moreover the cover

    Read More »from The Enemy Camp: Of India’s agony and a relieved Cook

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