Cook ton powers England

2012-12-06 12:56

Kolkata - An unbeaten 136 for England's captain, Alastair Cook, set the tone as the visitors reached 216 for one at stumps on the second day in the third Test against India here on Thursday.

Scorecard: India v England

According to the website, Cook and Nick Compton added 165 for the opening stand, before the latter was adjudged leg before for a patient 57 - his maiden test half-century.

Pragyan Ojha appealed as Compton tried the paddle-sweep, and, bizarrely, umpire Rod Tucker shook his head before lifting his finger.

At the close of play, Jonathan Trott was on 21, as England still trail the hosts by 100 runs.

Earlier, England were 121 without loss at tea.

Cook (80 not out) and Compton (41 not out) survived 11 overs before the lunch break after England dismissed India for 316, and added 99 runs in the afternoon.

Dhoni finished with 52 runs, the last man to lose his wicket.

Resuming on 273 for seven, Monty Panesar bagged the wickets of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma in consecutive overs for figures of 4-90.


V Sehwag, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain & wk), R Ashwin, Z Khan, PP Ojha, I Sharma

England: AN Cook (captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, SR Patel, MJ Prior (wk), GP Swann, MS Panesar, JM Anderson, ST Finn


  • tim.marles - 2012-12-06 13:10

    Well done Cookie youngest ever player to reach 7000 runs, awesome my boy!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-06 13:18

      He also now stands alone as the highest century-maker for England. Although KP will be determined to draw level again when he comes out to bat. Three Tests, three tons so far for Cook in India. He's having a mega tour.

      tim.marles - 2012-12-06 13:26

      Ya he sure is Richard also I believe its now 5 tons from his 5 games as captain so I'm sure he will be moving up in the batting rankings.

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-06 15:47

      most hundreds ever for england, 23 only? england have been playing tests since 1888. a guy like smith already has 26 lol.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-06 16:15

      Makes you realise just how good Graeme is, doesn't it?

      dave.e.richman - 2012-12-06 16:18

      Nice stupid comment there dhirshan..... Smith is 31, Cook is only 27 ..... so what's your point? If you have one, that is.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-06 16:26

      It also makes one realise just what frightening numbers Cook will put up if he keeps batting like this. He has 23 tons in 6 years and 150 Test innings. Sachin got his 51 tons in 317 Test innings over 23 years. If Cook maintains his career form so far (average four tons per annum) and plays to the same age as Punter/Sachin/JK (another nine or ten years), he should comfortably reach the 50 century milestone. Although it remains to be seen whether he will keep his form while opening and captaining the side. Many have tried and failed. Still, with five tons in his five matches as captain so far, he's made a more than decent start.

      tim.marles - 2012-12-07 06:23

      could be ton 24 shortly.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-07 10:18

      He'll have to wait till next time for that, even if he had got his double. A 200 counts as one ton, not two. If it was two, then Clarke would have eleven tons this year instead of his official six.

      tim.marles - 2012-12-07 12:03

      ah ok is that it works :)

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