Cook century puts England in strong spot

Captain Alastair Cook's 23rd test hundred has ensured England's dominance heading into the third day of the third cricket test against India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata later today.

Cook struck an unbeaten 136 on the second day as the tourists reached 216-1 at stumps in their first inning, trailing India by just 100 runs after earlier dismissing the hosts for 316.

Cook hit 19 fours and a six in his 236-ball stay and combined with fellow opener Neil Compton, who made 57, to produce 165 runs for the first wicket. Jonathan Trott will resume with Cook, having reached 21 by stumps.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Monty Panesar cleaned up the Indian tail, ending with 4-90 from 40 overs as the hosts added another 43 runs from their overnight tally of 273-7.

The four-test series is level at 1-1.

Fairfax Media