Cook hits century in tour match

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Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England captain Alastair Cook completed a much-needed century on the second morning of England’s opening tour match in the West Indies.

Cook resumed on 95 and reached three figures with minimal fuss before retiring out.

A controlled thick edge from the first ball of the day brought him an 11th boundary of the innings and in the following over he punched the ball for two off the back foot.

He offered a gentle wave of the bat and a handshake to partner Gary Ballance and walked off on 101 from 200 deliveries.

That allowed Ian Bell to arrive at the crease, with batting time more important to the tourists than attempting to force a result in this two-day fixture.

While the calibre of the opposition must be taken into account, Cook will be pleased just to be back in the runs.

Almost two years have elapsed since his last Test century – a drought he has high hopes of ending on this trip – and his previous ton in England colours came in another tour game in Hobart in November 2013.

Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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