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Edgbaston Test: Cook gives credit to batting coach for century plus score

August 12, 2011 - Birmingham

After an unsuccessful run in the first two Test matches at Lord's and Trent Bridge, opener Alastair Cook scored his 19th Test century as the England's ruthless batsmen amassed 456 for three on the second day of the third Test against a weary-looking India at the Edgbaston Stadium here on Thursday.

Briefing mediapersons at a post-match news conference, Cook said he was relieved to get his century after his initial failures.

"It is always nice to score runs, especially pleasing when you have not scored runs in the last two Test matches. It has been frustrating, not getting through that new ball on any occasion. But it is important, once I did get through that to make it count like it did today..."said Cook.

Cook is still at the crease with an unbeaten 182, having started the second day's play on 27.

He creditted batting coach Graham Gooch for making England's batsmen greedy for 'daddy' hundreds and hoped that he carries on the good batting into the third day of the match.

"We talk about trying to make 'daddy' hundreds, and, I think my last few hundreds, they have all been quite big ones and, I think it is important that I have managed to do that, but we will try and get through the first hour tomorrow morning and then see where it takes us," Cook said.

On his part, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir praised England's bowling attack for putting pressure on the Indian batsmen.

He added that Indian batsmen are working hard to break the lull in the upcoming matches.

"Here, all credit goes to England, I think they have not let us off the hook, they have always been putting us under pressure, and they have been bowling really well as a unit. It is like not one or two bowlers bowling well, all the four bowlers are bowling well, and that is what good teams are all about, you try and put the opposition under pressure all the time. That is what England has been doing against us. But I still feel that we have played some equally good attacks whether it was Australia, South Africa or other teams. But I feel England is doing a good job till now on this tour," said Gambhir.

At the draw of the stumps on the second day, England have established a lead of 232 runs over India.

With three days remaining and seven wickets in hand, the hosts are well placed to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series, and probably secure the number one Test ranked country in their name.

India's bowling was ineffective, lacking the control to halt England's free scoring plus penetration on a pitch that has become increasingly easy to bat on. The fielding also disappointed with Rahul Dravid dropping Bell on 30 at first slip off Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. Sreesanth later spilled another easy catch at point off Ishant Sharma's bowling when Morgan was on 17.

It was surprising to watch Dravid, who has to his credit the highest number catches in Test cricket other than the wicketkeeper, also dropped Morgan on 43 off Suresh Raina, another simple chance. He thre down his India cap in disgust after this, reflecting the frustration in the visitors ranks. By Praful Kumar Singh


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