Thursday, July 19, 2012

Patient Cook strengthens England

Alastair Cook made a patient century give England the edge on the first day of the first Test match against South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.

Cook made 114 not out as England overcomes the loss of Captain Andrew Strauss before reach 267 for three at the end.

Cook shared a second wicket partnership of 170-run with Jonathan Trott (71) and a third-wicket stand with 81-run Kevin Pietersen, who made 42.

Cook and Trott came together without a run on the Board after Strauss was leg before wicket to Morne Morkel off the fourth ball of the match.

But Cook and Trott were largely desia on a dry tone, easy-paced as they rebuilt the innings of England with sensible batting, just playing the ball when needed or when they might pick off loose deliveries.

South Africa highly rated pace attack was neutralized by the solid batting and a dry tone, easy to beat.

With the number one ranking in Test cricket at the stake, it had been expected that the series would be a battle between two exceptional pace attack but the South Africans were forced to settle for most of the day.

Tourists used spin bowlers for 21 of 90 overs sent down.

The left-handed Cook showed impeccable shot selection as he reached his 20th Test century off 222 balls with 11 fours, four and a top-edged hook for six off Dale Steyn.

By the end he had faced another 61 deliveries without adding another limit.

Trott 162 balls and hit nine fours, scoring a high percentage of his runs on the leg side, before he was caught behind when he edged a drive against Morkel, not always fully forward a ball after obtaining a bouncer from Morkel.

Pietersen threatened to play a dominant innings until he gloved a hook shot against Jacques Kallis three balls before the second new ball was due.

There is a second catch to AB de Villiers, who took over as the best active wicketkeeper after the withdrawal applied to injury by Mark Boucher.

Strauss's dismissal justified the decision by South Africa to give the new ball to Steyn Morkel instead. It was the seventh time in nine games that Strauss had fallen to the tall fast bowler.

With Morkel bowling around the wicket to the left-handed, Strauss was trapped on the crease to a ball angled him. Umpire Steve Davis has turned down an appeal by South Africans, who called for a review which showed that the ball had hit the inside of the leg stump.

Morkel finished the day as the most successful bowler for South Africa, taking two for 18 in 44 overs.

Rain delayed the start by 15 minutes and the spotlight was turned on for 25 minutes after the start as heavy cloud rolled in. But time has eliminated and most of the rest of the game of the day was in sunlight.


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