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Cook makes double century to give England control

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Tom Hill

England's Alastair Cook made the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG to give his team a chance of winning the fourth Test.

Cook had struggled for form in the first three Tests Down Under, but he silenced his critics in Melbourne with a superb unbeaten 244.

He beat Sir Viv Richards' record of 208 at the MCG to place his name in the history books as the Essex star tries to stop England from being whitewashed.

The former captain added 59 with Chris Woakes (26), before he then settled down with Stuart Broad to add another 100 runs with the all-rounder.

Broad added 56 runs to help England move into a lead of 164 as they finished on 491-9 at the close of play.

Cook had scored 83 in six innings before the fourth Test and the 33-year-old admits he was in line to be dropped.

He told BBC Sport: "I always feel I have the backing of the selectors, but you have to deliver the goods. I hadn't done that on this tour. I would have been entitled to be dropped."

Captain Joe Root made 61 while Jonny Bairstow (22) and Moeen Ali (20) failed to push on after making a start, but the Three Lions are finally in a position of dominance in the series.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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