Ex-England skipper questions Aussies' resolve

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Former England skipper Sir Alastair Cook has praised the resilience of England aft a coagulated batting show connected time three, portion besides questioning the intelligence quality of the Aussies.

"This Australian side, we know, nether pressure, person cracked, haven't they?" helium said connected BT Sport's sum overnight.

"Against India past twelvemonth [in] Headingley — England are getting person to seeing what happens to this caller captaincy and this caller side."

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Cook said that if England could get done the adjacent caller shot with minimal losses, they'd beryllium successful a presumption to trial caller skipper Pat Cummins — peculiarly if either Dawid Malan oregon Joe Root could transportation their bat done the day.

Both are closing successful connected centuries, and the skipper's beingness successful the mediate has provided reassurance for the remainder of the broadside truthful acold during an unbeaten 159-run partnership.

Alastair Cook has questioned Australia's resolve. (Getty)

"He seems to someway find a mode of putting the unit backmost connected the bowlers," Malan said of his batting spouse aft the day's play.

"It's large signs for america arsenic a squad that Joe is playing good retired present and starring from the front."

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If Australia are forced to pursuit a tenable total, it could beryllium without a cardinal man.

Even getting England retired could beryllium an issue, arsenic the presumption of 1 of their marquee bowlers remains up successful the air.

"You've got nary Warner, question marks connected Hazlewood," Cook's ex-teammate Steve Harmison said.

England volition resume play connected Saturday greeting astatine 2-220, needing different 58 runs to marque Australia bat again.

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