Strauss, Cook hit centuries as England chase win
Opening batsmen Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss hit centuries to give England a winning chance on the final day of their three-day tour game against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2010 08:53 IST
Opening batsmen Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss hit centuries to give England a winning chance on the final day of their three-day tour game against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Cook made an unbeaten 111 and Strauss slammed 102 off 121 balls to put the tourists in a position to declare their second innings at 240 for one early on the last day.
At lunch, South Australia, chasing 308 runs for victory off 65 overs, were 17 without loss with Dan Harris on nine and James Smith on eight.
Cook and Strauss posted the fourth-highest opening stand by an England side at the Adelaide Oval with 181.
Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook hold the ground record with a best opening partnership of 240 in 1946/47.
Strauss attacked the local bowling with gusto in the morning session smashing 13 fours and four sixes and raising his century by lofting left-arm spinner Aaron O'Brien for six over mid-on.
His whirlwind century came off just 118 balls and he was out three balls later when he went for a big swing only to be bowled by O'Brien.
Cook brought up his century off 152 balls with a pull shot for four off medium pacer Tim Lang.
He finished with 18 fours and a six and was there with Jonathan Trott on 20 when Strauss made the declaration shortly before lunch.
England are bidding for their second victory of the tour after beating Western Australia by six wickets in the opening three-day game in Perth last weekend.
England are building up for the first Ashes Test against Australia starting in Brisbane on November 25.