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Meanwhile, England captain Alastair Cook finally ended his run drought with a fighting knock as England were comfortably placed at 186 for one at tea against India on the first day of the third Test on Sunday.
Cook, who got a reprieve on 15 when Ravindra Jadeja dropped a sitter at third slip off debutant Pankaj Singh’s bowling, battled hard to reach 82 off 188 balls and shared a 131 run unbroken stand for the second wicket with in-form Gary Ballance.
Ballance scored his third successive 50 plus score in as many Tests to reach 72 at tea off 131 balls. Both left-handers hit nine fours each in their respective innings. Opting to bat on a flat Ageas Bowl track, Cook overcame his poor run of form to hit his first half-century in 10 innings, PTI reported.
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