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The Ashes 2010 1st Test, Day 4: Strauss, Cook Share 188 As England Reaches 238-1

By on November 28, 2010

England 260 and 1 for 309 (Cook 132*, Strauss 110, Trott 54*) lead Australia 481 by 88 runs…

Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook shared a 188-run opening stand to lead England to 238-1 at tea on the fourth day as the tourists worked to save the first Ashes test against Australia.

The pair produced England’s best ever partnership at the Gabba ground before Strauss was dismissed for 110, stumped by Brad Haddin off Marcus North.

Cook was 98 not out the break with Jonathan Trott on 23. England now have a lead of 17 runs.

After looking dominant during the morning session, Strauss was more hesitant as he approached triple figures before a superb late cut off Xavier Doherty brought up his first century in Australia.

Strauss then seemed to lose his rhythm, scoring just 10 runs from his next 40 deliveries before a rash cross-batted shot caused his demise.

Cook looked the less comfortable throughout, but ground his way toward his second century against Australia, while Trott looked assured since coming to the middle

Despite overcast conditions, there has been no discernable swing for the Australian bowlers.

Strauss was given a reprieve before lunch while on 69 when he hit a Doherty ball to Mitchell Johnson at mid-on, but the chance was dropped.

Peter Siddle was also unlucky in the first session as Cook edged just wide of third slip, and later Strauss missed his leg stump from an inside edge.

England scored 260 in its first innings before Australia notched 481 in reply with centuries from Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin.

Although Sunday has lacked the drama of the first three days of the test, England will be delighted with the way they have recovered from a huge first innings deficit and are now in a position to force a draw on Monday.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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