The Age – Alastair Cook at last spent an extended time in the middle, but not quite enough to suggest he is out of his early-tour funk.


  • The former England captain had made just 15 runs across his first two innings since arriving in Australia last month, and while he more than tripled his overall runs tally on this tour at Adelaide Oval on Friday, he was far from convincing.
  • Having begun day three on one, with England 0-5 in their second innings of this four-day pink ball match, Cook crawled to 32 before nicking a ball from Cricket Australia XI medium-pacer Simon Milenko to be caught behind by captain Tim Paine approaching tea.
  • England’s most capped Test player and all-time leading Test run-scorer, Cook faced 85 balls in his innings, considerably more than he faced in his Perth duck last weekend, or his 15 in the first innings in Adelaide.
  • England were 1-89 at tea, leading by 149 in what is their sole day-night match ahead of the historic pink ball Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval next month.
  • Paine – having impressed with a classy 52 in the CA XI’s first innings on Thursday – opted to give Cook and Stoneman some extra experience of batting under lights against the Kookaburra ball by declaring late on day two with his team at 9-233 in response to England’s first innings total of 293.

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