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Alastair Cook’s second half-century of the game helped England build a huge lead over West Indies...

Written by Reuters | St John's | Published:February 19, 2009 12:00 am

Alastair Cook’s second half-century of the game helped England build a huge lead over West Indies as they looked towards an afternoon declaration on the fourth day of the third test on Wednesday.

England,1-0 down in the five-match series,were 135 for three at lunch,a lead of 416. The aim of the tourists was to get runs on the board as swiftly as possible but that strategy was undermined by the hour-long presence of nightwatchman James Anderson.

Anderson was eventually caught behind off Daren Powell for 20. Owais Shah was then bowled by the paceman for 14 after smashing him for six over mid-wicket.

Kevin Pietersen looked to step up the run-rate before lunch and was lucky to survive when he was caught and bowled by Sulieman Benn off a no-ball. Cook,at the other end played his normal self and remained unbeaten on 51 along with Pietersen on 17 at the lunch interval. (Reuters)

BRIEF SCORES: England: 566/9 decl. and 135/3 at lunch on Day Four (A Cook batting 51,K Pietersen batting 17) vs West Indies 285 all out (C Gayle 30,D Smith 38,R Sarwan 94; G Swann 5/57,A Flintoff 3/47)

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