News International – Cook warms up for India Test challenge with century

LONDON: Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten 154 in over six hours opening the innings for England Lions in a four-day match against the visiting India A side in Worcester.

Summary

  • Cook warms up for India Test challenge with century LONDON: Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten 154 in over six hours opening the innings for England Lions in a four-day match against the visiting India A side in Worcester.
  • The century on Monday was the former captain’s 62nd in first-class cricket, and came after a string of near misses for Essex in recent times.
  • The England selectors had named a Lions side full of England internationals, Cook the biggest of the names in the team.
  • Cook came into the game on the back of scores of 58, 9, 33, 0, 96 and 3 for Essex in the County Championships, the good scores alternating with poor ones, and needed to find form ahead of the five-Test series against India in August-September, which he has now.
  • On the day, though, he was in commanding form, handling the Indian attack of Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem well over 238 balls, in which he hit 22 boundaries.


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