Nottingham Test: England close Day 2 at 43/1 after skipper Alastair Cook departs cheaply

first_imgAlastair Cook’s batting woes deepened when he was bowled for five as England closed day two on 43-1 in reply to India’s mammoth 457 in the first test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Cook, averaging 25 since his last century 14 months ago, could not take advantage of a batting paradise as he shuffled too far across and exposed his leg stump to fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the fourth over of England’s first-innings reply.Fellow opener Sam Robson was 20 not out and Gary Ballance on 15 at stumps.Earlier, India tailenders Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Shami (51 not out) posted career-best scores in a last-wicket partnership worth 111 runs.They frustrated England, which expected to be batting much sooner after taking four wickets for two runs swiftly after lunch to leave India on 346-9.last_img read more