Cook - We need hundreds

Essex opener optimistic ahead of final Test in Galle

Last Updated: 13/12/07 4:27pm

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Cook: twin fifties

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Alastair Cook believes England can build on their draw in the second Test and go on to claim a share of the series in Sri Lanka.

"If we get a couple of big hundreds down in Galle then we've got a good chance of tying the series."
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England comfortably batted throughout the final day at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo and now require a win in the final Test to square the series 1-1.

The Essex opener made scores of 81 and 62 in Colombo to rebound strongly from his pair of early dismissals in first Test, which England lost by 88 runs in Kandy.

"My form in the warm-up games had been really good and I felt I was hitting the ball as well as I had done for a while," Cook told Sky Sports.

"It was just getting through that first over, getting off the mark, and then everything was fine."

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None of the visiting batsmen have made a century during the opening two Tests, a statistic that will need to be rectified if England are to triumph in the final Test at Galle, which starts on Tuesday.

"That hundred we've been talking about hasn't happened so far in this series," added Cook.

"Everyone is fighting for that hundred - it could work out nicely as the percentages say we're due a few hundreds.

"If we get a couple of big hundreds down in Galle then we've got a good chance of tying the series."

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