The England opening pair of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook eased their way to 157 without loss at lunch on the second day of the third Test against India in Birmingham.
Captain Strauss reached the interval on 84 not out while Cook hit a patient and unbeaten 51 as the hosts moved to within 67 runs of India’s first innings effort of 224 all out at Edgbaston.
Strauss and Cook had resumed their partnership on 84 without loss at the start of the day, and were seldom troubled as they accumulated their way through 22 overs in a shortened morning session, with wet weather having delayed the start of play by half-an-hour.
The England duo were initially made to be patient by an accurate display from the tourist’s seam attack, Praveen Kumar proving particularly miserly with his first four overs of the morning conceding not a single run. Both batsmen saw thick outside edges fly either wide or short of the Indian slip cordon while Strauss had a nervous moment when a delivery from Praveen passed close to his off stump.
Otherwise, however, there was very little encouragement for India, with MS Dhoni’s wicketkeeping again causing him trouble.
While Strauss began the day on 54 not out, Cook’s would eventually reach his first half-century of the series shortly before the interval. The 26-year-old brought up his fifty from 130 deliveries. Cricket365