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England finished in a commanding position on Day One of the third Test against India at Southampton thanks to a huge partnership between skipper Alastair Cook and No 3 batsman Gary Ballance. The Indian bowlers toiled endlessly, but were unable to make consistent breakthroughs as a mixture of dropped catches, close decisions and missed run-out chances meant that England lost just two wickets when they could have lost far more.
Ballance scored his third Test hundred in six games, and also his second ton in a row after his 110-run knock at Lord’s. He combined with Cook — who fell just five runs short of his 26th Test ton — for a 158-run stand to put the hosts in a very comfortable position.
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