India v England as it happened

As it happened

By Stephan Shemilt - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Close: England 216-1 in reply to India's 316
  • Cook hits record 23rd England Test century
  • Cook 136 not out at stumps
  • Captain youngest ever to 7,000 Test runs
  • Compton lbw for 57; Trott 21 not out
  • India all out for 316 (273-7 overnight)
  • Panesar takes 4-90 and Anderson 3-89

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  1. 1050

    And, as Sir Geoff prepares for tomorrow, so too will we. Before now and the early hours of Friday morning, gorge yourself on Sam Sheringham's match report and keep any eye out for the TMS podcast and Jonathan Agnew's column. Rest easy, a big day ahead. Until then...

  2. gb
    Geoffrey Boycott - BBC Test Match Special

    "Compton in his third match is much more defensive, much more careful than Cook. You can't expect him to play like a seasoned performer so early in his career. The fact is England were doing well, you shouldn't be in competition with your team-mates because you're working for your team, so from that point of view it was successful, but then he went for a shot which he didn't need to do.

    "In terms of India, it's hard when the captain's not moving things around and trying to change things, when you've got a poor standard of athletes it's even harder. You go round them and think where are the quick bowlers to change things?

    "Even if it doesn't turn too much, the scoreboard pressure will tell on India and I have no doubt England will continue tomorrow as they did today."

  3. Nick Dear on Twitter: (external) "Is it worth mentioning that, going into this Test, Cook has a 75% win record as captain? Good Omen?"

  4. 1046

    Lots and lots to come on the BBC Sport website today, so I'll start my plugfest nice and early. You can already relive the moment Alastair Cook went to his 23rd Test hundred and listen again to James Anderson on his involvement in a film on Maasai cricketers.

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    Geoffrey Boycott - BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a special day for Alastair. I thought he played very similar to the other innings, but in fact he's played a little more fluently and better. He's actually got these spinners in his pocket, the great side to him is the fact that he doesn't allow any bowler to get himself out of his comfort zone which is the perfect way for an opening batsman to be. Today he started to express himself a little earlier, with a low slow pitch and fast outfield he played beautifully. I haven't seen at any time that this lot look like they will get him out."

  6. Albion Roar on Twitter: (external) "Raise a glass to Alastair Cook. 23rd Test Match ton (Eng record) and youngest cricketer to reach 7,000 runs. Marvellous scenes."

  7. 1040

    Sir Geoff mentioned earlier that he thought England could have a lead of 100 by tea tomorrow. At this rate, surely they could be further on than that? Let's not get ahead ourselves, though. We have an obligation to pull out the classic "first session tomorrow is crucial" mantra.

  8. Jack Mills on Twitter: (external) "Is Cook's record undermined by the fact that cricketers today play more games than their predecessors?"

    Perhaps, but Cook has played fewer Tests than Boycott, Cowdrey and Pietersen and only one more than Hammond.

  9. From Chris in Warrington, via text on 81111: "We have seen it before. England get themselves in a good position then the next day the undo all the hard work! Cookie needs to show them the way tomorrow morning! Need start like its day one."

  10. Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: (external) "If India actually bothered using DRS or holding on to catches, Cook wouldn't have made a single century on this tour."

  11. 1033
    CLOSE OF PLAY

    Graham Gooch is on the boundary's edge to shake hands with his boy Cook the moment the England skip crosses the rope. All of the England team are on their feet as Cook and Trott enter the dressing room, with high fives and fist pumps all round. Only 100 behind with nine wickets in hand, the tourists look to be holding all the aces.

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    Geoffrey Boycott - BBC Test Match Special

    "I am not seeing anything here that says to me the Indian bowlers can knock off nine wickets tomorrow, from the first Test match India have fallen in to the trap of believing they were better. They have never looked at themselves, their own batting, their own bowling - they just looked at England. They thought England made them look world-beaters but I thought this isn't a great Indian team, I haven't seen anything to worry about."

  13. 1030
    Eng 216-1

    Both sides might want this to be the last over of the day. It's Zaheer to Cook, who jabs into the off side to bring up the 50 partnership. A couple of slips converge for Trott as "we are the Army" can be heard from the Barmy Army. TV pictures show Steven Finn padded up ready to be England's nightwatchman, but it seems unlikely that he'll be needed. Trott takes one to third man, then, fittingly, Cook pushes back the final ball to end his record-breaking day.

  14. Daniel Nixon on Twitter: (external) "What makes Cooks achievements so special is that he's an opening batsman, that many runs against the new ball is incredible"

    Terry Mahoney on Twitter: (external) "Let's not get too myopic re Cook. Michael Clarke, bit older but two recent double tons, 21 centuries in all, test average 52."

    Yusuf Mahamed on Twitter: (external) "Where was Cook against Steyn, Morkel and Philander earlier this year? He wouldn't make SA's top six."

  15. Malc, via text on 81111: "Tresco born 25/12, replaced by Cook born 25/12... replaced by my 11 year old son born 25/12. I've been telling him, it is his destiny for last few years..."

  16. 1024
    Eng 214-1

    We've had a few mentions of the fact that Kevin Pietersen could match Cook's 23rd Test hundred tomorrow, which is quite right. Would we then be talking about which of KP or Cook is England's best ever? More pace from India as Ishant Sharma serves up a bumper to Trott, but the pitch is so slow it bounces twice on the way through to Dhoni.

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    Geoffrey Boycott - BBC Test Match Special

    "Batsman put you in a position to win, bowlers will win you matches but if batsmen don't bat well you will lose the game. When you play cricket your bowlers can have a poor session and come back because they only need one ball, but batsmen can have a bad session and lose the game. You can put yourself under immense pressure to chase the game, let alone win it."

  18. 1015
    Eng 214-1

    India are in no hurry to bowl their final three overs, turning to the left-arm seam of Zaheer Khan. One that ducks into the left-handed Cook is squirted through square leg for a single, with Trott then moving across his stumps to work to fine leg for one more. Trott is up to 20, the partnership is 49, as Cook signals to the dressing room for a drink.

  19. Matthew Cobb on Twitter: (external) "Jingle bells, jingle bells. Jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to see England dominate in the sub-continent."

    Hannah Westlake on Twitter: (external) "The other notable chap born 25th December - Marcus Trescothick?"

  20. 1014
    Eng 212-1

    Is it OK to say if he'd missed that he might have been in trouble? Is it the same as a bowler saying "it would have bowled him if he hadn't hit me for six"? Either way, Cook might have been plumb had me missed that sweep shot off Ashwin, but when you're 134 not out, you don't miss many.

  21. From Ali, TMS inbox: "Alastair Cook's projected career record if he retires in 2022 at the age of 37, based on his current record: Tests-229, Innings-403, Runs 18,832 and 100s-61. He could be on his way to becoming the greatest Test batsman of all time."

  22. 1010
    Eng 210-1

    India's fielders seem more likely to hit the stumps than their bowlers at the moment, with Ishant Sharma hitting direct from mid off as Trott sprints a single. Ojha is over the wicket to Cook, firing it into his pads with a leg slip waiting, but Sir Alastair of Cookshire is wise to that plan.

  23. Gren in Warwick, via text on 81111: "Until Cook can score a chanceless 23 in a day on an uncovered pitch facing Bishen Bedi, batting with a stick of rhubarb, wearing his grandma's pinny... he will always be number 2."

  24. 1007
    Eng 209-1

    Just switching on? Where have you been? Not only have you missed England bowling India out for 316, but also Alastair Cook hitting an England record 23rd Test hundred. The skipper now seems intent on being there tomorrow morning, giving Ashwin some big bat and pad for a maiden.

  25. Giles Gibson on Twitter: (external) "Captain Cook love-in perhaps going a bit too far now. What's next? Comparisons to other notable chap born on 25th December?"

    Nick Gill on Twitter: (external) "I don't think we can fully judge Cook until he's retired, because don't forget KP could equal him on 23 centuries and he has more runs."

    Andy Johnstone on Twitter: (external) "Every time I dropped the ball playing cricket in the garden with my Dad he'd say 'That man went on to get a hundred.' Too true."

  26. 1005
    Eng 209-1

    The India fans seems quite quiet in Kolkata, with the strains of Barmy Army trumpeter Billy easily heard around Eden Gardens. England look to be easing down to the close now, as Trott plods forward to push back Ojha.

  27. 1002
    Eng 209-1

    Ashwin, right hand up above his head, delivers the ball from shadows to light towards Trott. There's a little turn there, but not much, with Trott clipping towards mid on and taking a single. By the way, anyone remember the beating England got in Ahmedabad?

  28. Aman Sheth on Twitter: (external) "Can we just hand England the match now and get it over with. Embarrassing to watch the bowlers toil to no results."

    Tom Stimson on Twitter: (external) "To think, Alastair Cook, the greatest England batsmen ever lives 3 doors down from me, and his mum taught me chemistry!"

  29. 1000
    Eng 208-1

    India going through the motions here, allowing Cook to take a single from Ojha. The skip is up to 133.

  30. BBC Sport's Alistair Watkins

    And here's where Alastair Cook stands in relation to other recent leading England players. His batting coach and mentor Graham Gooch hit 20 centuries, Andrew Strauss made 21 and Michael Vaughan 18.

  31. 0957
    Eng 207-1

    Is that a good sign for England? Maybe they'd like to have a decent lead before they see the pitch misbehaving, as Ashwin gets one to keep low to Trott. JT deals with it well, though, jamming down to take one to mid-wicket. Trott is up to 15.

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    Michael Vaughan

    "I reckon Cook will win the Ashes on his own next year....."