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England hold lead in second Test

A century by opener Alastair Cook and a knock of 91 by Paul Collingwood put England in control of the second Test against South Africa at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban.


England hold a lead of 43 runs with two days to play.

England reached stumps on day three on 5-386 in reply to South Africa’s first-innings score of 343.

Cook was out for 118 shortly after tea when he edged Morne Morkel to second slip.

Cook, who turned 25 on Christmas Day, completed his 10th Test hundred during the second session. He had been under pressure to come good after a lean spell and he answered his critics in fine style, hitting 11 boundaries and lasting 401 minutes.

“It’s not so much pressure. It’s just that in the last few games the side has been playing really well and you feel like you’re being carried by your teammates,” he said.

Cook and Collingwood added 142 for the fourth wicket in 45.1 overs. The left-handed opener did not last long enough to see his side into the lead as he was fourth man out with the score on 297, but he was delighted with the discipline he showed as he built a patient innings.

Collingwood and Ian Bell put on 68 for the fifth wicket to nudge their side ahead.

Collingwood batted for nearly five hours but fell to offspinner J.P. Duminy, nicking a bottom edge to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher 9.1 overs before the close.

Bell was undefeated on 55. He will resume on Tuesday with Matt Prior, who is 11 not out.

The pick of the South African bowlers was paceman Morne Morkel, who finished the day with figures of 3-69.

Cook was given out on 64 caught at bat pad but successfully appealed to the third umpire, who ruled that the ball had not hit the bat.

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen (31) was trapped lbw by spinner Paul Harris when he missed an attempted sweep shot.