COOK PRAISES HAMEED AND STOKES

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ALAS­TAIR COOK praised teenage sen­sa­tion Haseeb Hameed and golden boy Ben Stokes af­ter Eng­land’s showed they can top­ple the world’s No. 1 side In­dia in their own back­yard. No­body gave Cook’s men a chance af­ter their re­cent hor­ror show against Bangladesh in Dhaka, when they were bowled out in­side a ses­sion to slump to a hu­mil­i­at­ing three-day de­feat to Test cricket’s ninth-ranked team. But they stood toe to toe with op­po­nents to dom­i­nate a drawn first Test against a side who have not lost at home in al­most four years. And they came close to land­ing a knock­out blow as In­dia limped to the close on 172-6 af­ter sur­viv­ing a tor­rid 52 overs at the hands of Eng­land’s bowlers. It means Eng­land are scent­ing vic­tory in the re­main­ing four Tests, start­ing again in Visakha­p­at­nam on Thurs­day. And Cook be­lieves bril­liant new opener Hameed and all-rounder Ben Stokes

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