Thrill of 294 eclipses desire for 300: Cook

Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 10:45 [IST]
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Birminghamd, Aug 13:  Even though disappointed at missing out on his triple century by just six runs, England opener Alastair Cook said he is ''thrilled'' to have scored 294 runs against India in the third Test here.

Cook hit his career-best total to guide England to a massive 710 for seven declared in reply to India''s first innings total of 224 all out.

"It''s taken almost 13 hours of hard work to get to that opportunity to make 300. When you don''t do it, it''s going to have a little of disappointment. But I''m thrilled that I actually scored 294 runs rather than the six I didn''t get," said Cook.

England are in the driver''s seat with India already a wicket down in their second innings and two more days to go but Cook is not ready to take things for granted.

"There''s a lot of hard work to do. But if we are patient like we have been and bowl like we know we can do, we''ll put India under a lot of pressure.

"We''re favourites but it doesn''t make you win. The wicket is still playing well, you could see that how people got in so it can''t be that bad. But if we keep doing our basics well, I''m sure we will create nine opportunities in two days."


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