Sublime Cook leads England domination

England are dominating the Second Test match against Australia. For the second successive day they made all the running, imposed all the authority. They are by no means home and dry yet, but the least – the very least – they can expect now is to go to Perth in a fortnight at 0-0.

The second day of the match belonged, as did the fourth and fifth days of the First Test, to Alastair Cook. He made his second consecutive century to follow the 235no he scored in the second innings in Brisbane last week (not to mention his 67 in the first).



It was sublime stuff, the further unveiling of a Cook hitherto unseen in Test cricket, where front foot drives and hits down the ground feature as often as cuts and crisp pulls off the legs. The latter, trademark Cook accomplices were there too, but this was all round the wicket batting.



His hundred took 268 minutes, came from 171 balls and included 15 fours. By the end of the second day Cook had been on the field for all but 70 minutes of the series so far, the latter half of England’s first innings in the first Test when he was the fifth man out. He was 136no and his tally of runs is 438 for the series so far, only 50 fewer than he had made in the ten matches comprising his previous two Ashes series.



The day started badly for England when Andrew Strauss, their captain, was bowled by the third ball of the day from Doug Bollinger. But then Cook and Jonathan Trott merely started where they left it in Brisbane where their second wicket stand of 329 was unbroken. They added another 173 before Trott, who was dropped twice and might have been run out before he had reached double figures, clipped a slower ball from Ryan Harris to mid-wicket.



Cook was then joined by Kevin Pietersen who batted like the last thing he enjoyed was being the forgotten man of this England batting order, scoring 85no from 141 balls. Their third wicket partnership was worth 131.



Australia stuck at their task but found scarcely help from the pitch and could give precious little themselves. England were 317 for two at the close, a lead of 72.

Voices
voices
News
general electionThis quiz matches undecided voters with the best party for them
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen starred in the big screen adaptation of Austen's novel in 2005
tvStar says studios are forcing actors to get buff for period roles
News
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on 2 May 2015.
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before