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Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 7:57
England v Pakistan: Alastair Cook and Joe Root hit centuries in second Test
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Alastair Cook and Joe Root hit centuries as England laid down a strong platform on day one of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

Cook's 105 was his 29th Test hundred, putting him level with Sir Donald Bradman, and helped his side to 314 for 4.

Root, who put on 185 with Cook for the second wicket, was unbeaten on 141 at stumps, his 10th Test century.

Mohammad Amir took 2 for 63, including bowling Cook, but Pakistan - 1-0 up in the series - toiled on a flat pitch.

England's batting was much improved from their 75-run defeat in the opening Test, when they were dismissed for 272 and 207.






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