Cook dishes up timely half-century


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Alastair Cook made up for the near instant loss of his captain and opening partner Andrew Strauss as England battled for runs on day one of the Ashes at the Gabba.

After Strauss had chosen to bat and then gone for a third-ball duck in the first over, Cook dug in for an unbeaten 60 to anchor England to a teatime total of 172 for four.

Playing a little slower than anticipated, Cook was rarely fluent in a 127-ball half-century which contained just four fours. England were nonetheless thankful for his diligence – and for the fallibility of debutant Xavier Doherty, who put down a routine chance at point from a tame cut at Shane Watson to reprieve Cook on 26.

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