Cook double century gives India no respite

Alastair Cook’s double century ensured there was no let-up for India on the third day of the third Test at Edgbaston here on Friday. England were 503 for three when rain forced an early lunch.

That meant England were 279 runs ahead in a fixture where a win would both secure an unbeatable 3-0 lead in this four-match series and see them replace India at the top of the ICC’s Test Championship table.

Cook was 206 not out and Eoin Morgan 66 not out, with India failing to take a wicket in a session twice interrupted by rain. The left-handers unbroken fourth-wicket partnership was now worth 129 with opener Cook having spent more than nine hours at the crease in an innings where bad weather, as much as India’s attack, looked the best way of checking England’s otherwise remorseless progress.