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Alastair Cook seeks overdue century against Sri Lanka

India TV News Desk 19 Jun 2014, 19:37:34 PM IST
India TV News Desk
HEADINGLEY, England :  England captain Alastair Cook hopes a return to Headingley for the second test against Sri Lanka can help him rediscover his batting form.The 29-year-old Cook, England's opening batsman, made scores of only 17 and 28 as the first test finished as a draw, with his lack of runs continuing from the previous Ashes series in Australia.

But Cook can draw on the memory of his most recent test century -- at Headingley over a year ago against New Zealand -- in his search for an elusive ton.
"I need to get back to scoring as many runs as I can," Cook said. "I'm doubly determined to get a score. I'm doing all the hard work."
England is expected to be unchanged from the first test, with batsman Ian Bell making his 100th test appearance.
"To look at those numbers and see some of the names that you're with - I can't believe it really," Bell said. "When you start, you never really dream of getting this far."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews rejected the idea that drawing the two-test series 0-0 would be an achievement for his side, and is instead targeting a first-ever test series victory in England.
"It's going to be our last game in England for the summer and we look forward to giving them a good fight and hopefully win it," Mathews said. "We will go out there and play positive cricket."
Sri Lanka relied on tailender Nuwan Pradeep defying England in the final over of the match to salvage a draw in the first test, and Mathews acknowledges improvement is required.
"The way we fought and the way the boys showed their character was good," he said. "But with our bowling, batting and fielding we still can improve, in all three departments."
Sri Lanka has been forced into a change, with regular wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene out with a finger injury.