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Alastair Cook playing key role in England's revival

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England's revival has continued in the second test in Southampton with the hosts bowling India out for 330. This gives England a lead of 239 to build on in their second innings.

This is an improvement from the test in Lords when England were unable to capitalise on a good bowling performance letting India get from  145-7 to 295 all out.

The England selectors made some changes to the England side that faced India in the Lords test. The injured Matt Prior has been replaced by Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes has replaced the out of form Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan has replaced Ben Stokes.

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Cook leading from the front

Many people had called for Cook to step down as captain after the Lords test as he had not scored a significant score in a while.

However Cook took his chance and played a great innings of 95 runs in the first innings in Southampton. The innings has come at a perfect time for Cook as he looks to prove his critics wrong.

Numbers three and four in England's batting order Gary Balance and Ian Bell also put in great innings scoring 156 and 167 respectively.   

Confidence 

This innings has raised Cooks all-round confidence which has meant his tactics in the field have improved. This showed with England finishing the Indian tail off getting the two last weeks at the expense of just seven runs on the fourth morning of the match.

This new found confidence have given the England team an a all-round confidence boost as they can see Cook is confident and is leading from the front with his good performance in the match.

Hopefully this will continue into the series and help England to come back from the 1-0 defect they find themselves in to win the series.

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