England wobble after Cook's failure

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Alastair Cook, left, fell cheaply again for England at Lord's Alastair Cook, left, fell cheaply again for England at Lord's

Alastair Cook's wretched form continued as England encountered trouble on the second morning of the second Investec Test against India at Lord's.

The England captain has made 107 runs in eight innings this year, and his run without a hundred extends to 26 over 14 months, after he fell for 10 here - following movement across him and edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar behind to a diving Mahandra Singh Dhoni.

He and Sam Robson have therefore yet to register a half-century opening stand, in six attempts together.

By lunch, both openers were gone on the way to 51 for two in reply to 295, after England had needed only 10 balls to take India's last wicket on a hot and sunny morning.

Cook's day began with a minor morale boost, when he clung on at the second attempt to a straightforward slip catch - his 100th in Tests - to end the India innings for the addition of only five runs to the overnight total, after Ben Stokes found Mohammed Shami's edge.

He and Robson then began watchfully but with relatively few initial alarms on a pitch which appeared less green than when Cook put India in on day one.

Movement off the seam and in the air was not so lavish either, but India's new-ball pair Kumar and Shami bowled much more testing lines than England had 24 hours earlier.

After Cook got off the mark second ball, with a push to midwicket for a single, Robson edged his first from Kumar just short of a diving third slip.

England's openers then looked secure until Robson, on eight, edged Shami to second slip - where Ajinkya Rahane put down a regulation chance.

Two balls later, at the other end, Cook was dismissed.

Kumar soon had his second wicket too, Robson aiming a drive only to also edge behind - and leave Gary Ballance and Ian Bell to try to establish a foothold in match and series.

Bell was on nought for 16 deliveries, before opening his account with a trademark late cut for four off Kumar - who nonetheless still took lunch with the impressive figures of 11-5-17-2.

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