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Cook hits ton as England take control in Durban

Cook hits ton as England take control in Durban

A century by opener Alastair Cook and a knock of 91 by Paul Collingwood put England in control of the second test against South Africa at the Kingsmead Stadium with a lead of 43 runs with two days to play.
England reached stumps on day three on 386 for five, in reply to South Africa's first-innings score of 343.
It remains to be seen how big a lead England can build, but the tourists have put themselves in a position where they are unlikely to lose the match.
Cook was out for 118 shortly after tea when he edged Morne Morkel to second slip, where Jacques Kallis took a good catch low down to his right.
Cook, who turned 25 on Christmas Day, completed his 10th test hundred during the second session. He had been under pressure to come good after a lean spell, and he answered his critics in fine style, hitting 11 boundaries and lasting for 401 minutes.
Cook and Collingwood added 142 for the fourth wicket in 45.1 overs.
The left-handed opener did not last long enough to see his side into the lead as he was fourth man out with the score on 297. But Collingwood and Ian Bell, another batsman who had been in need of a solid innings to silence calls for his axing, put on 68 for the fifth wicket to nudge their side ahead.
Collingwood batted for nearly five hours but fell to offspinner J.P. Duminy, nicking a bottom edge to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher 9.1 overs before the close. Collingwood's innings lasted 283 minutes and contained seven fours.
Bell was given a torrid time by the seamers when he first came in, but he rode the assault and reached stumps on an undefeated 55 off 84 balls, having hit five fours and a six. He will resume on Tuesday with Matt Prior, who is 11 not out after surviving when Hashim Amla failed to hold onto a catch with the England wicketkeeper on six.
In the final session, England added 105 runs off 35 overs.
The pick of the South African bowlers was paceman Morkel, who finished the day with figures of 3-69. He took a wicket with the seventh ball of the day.
Play started early again due to time lost on Sunday, and Morkel had immediate success when he got Jonathan Trott to edge a ball to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. Trott had added only a single to his overnight score of 17.
Cook survived a scare shortly before lunch. Umpire Amiesh Saheba gave the opener, who was on 64, out to a bat-pad catch at short-leg off the bowling of Duminy. Cook referred the decision to the third umpire, who ruled that the ball had not hit the bat.
The other batsman dismissed in the morning session was Kevin Pietersen (31), who was trapped lbw by spinner Paul Harris when he missed an attempted sweep shot. The South African-born Pietersen had had a let-off when he was on 20 when Kallis _ fielding at slip _ dropped a catch off Harris's bowling.


Updated : 2021-04-13 03:51 GMT+08:00