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England pile on runs at the Gabba

on 11/01/2019

Alastair Cook continued to taunt Australia’s bowlers by scoring his first double ton as England helped set up a potentially tense finish to the first Ashes Test.

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Australia’s bowlers again lacked punch at the Gabba as England added 130 runs without loss in the morning session to reach 1-439.

England hold a lead of more than 200 hundred runs with nine wickets in hand and two sessions to play on day five.

Milestones ticked over at regular intervals for the tourists with number three Jonathan Trott making scoring a century just before lunch.

The 25-year-old Cook becomes only the fourth England batsman to score a double hundred in a Test in Australia.

Misses opportunities

Australia had the perfect opportunity to break the successful partnership.

Michael Clarke, who had grassed a diving chance at point from Trott’s blade, gave the right-hander another life on 75 when he fumbled a waist-high catch at first slip off the bowling of Shane Watson.

“You couldn’t get an easier catch. It was a shocker,” ABC Radio commentator Damien Fleming said.

Australia had dropped three catches on Sunday, offering chances to Strauss on 69, Cook on 103 and Trott on 34.

The Cook-Trott stand of 251 is the best partnership for any wicket by any touring team in a Gabba Test, beating the 224 by New Zealand’s John Reid and Martin Crowe in 1985-86.

Cook’s opening stand of 188 with Strauss (110) is England’s best first-wicket partnership in a Gabba Test.

It’s also the first time since 1924 England’s top three batsmen have scored centuries in a Test innings.

A declaration by England could set up a tense finish, however as the Ashes holders it’s debatable whether skipper Andrew Strauss would want to risk an Australian comeback win on a flat batting track.


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