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Cook hits 95 as England close on 247-2

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England captain Alastair Cook was dismissed on 95, an agonizing five runs short of his first century in 14 months, as the hosts finished day one of the third test against India on 247-2 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.

Cook got the faintest of touches to a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the catch.

Gary Ballance then brought up his century off 189 balls when he cut Mohammed Shami for four. Ballance finished on 104 not out, becoming only the fifth England player to make three hundreds in his first six tests, as England enforced the advantage over India after winning the toss and electing to bat.


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