Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cook Left to Rue on Dropped Chances ; Cricket

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cook Left to Rue on Dropped Chances ; Cricket

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ALASTAIR Cook accepts dropped catches cost England the chance to win the drawn second Test against South Africa and contributed to a nervy final day.

A first-innings total of 629 declared, reached in quick time thanks to Ben Stokes' phenomenal double century, positioned the tourists for a victory push in Cape Town and an unassailable 2-0 lead series lead.

But after numerous chances and halfchances went untaken - seven, of varying difficulty, went in and out of the hands - South Africa eventually ended their own innings just two runs behind.

A shaky display with the bat on day five briefly raised hopes of an unlikely home win but Cook's real frustrations lay with the fielding, not the mini-collapse.

"Over the five days I was pretty happy with our performance but clearly the chances we missed cost us the victory," said Cook. …

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