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20th August 2009

Cook: It was a tough day

“The end result was OK ; we could have played a bit better.  If Benkenstein and Blackwell had got established this morning we probably would have taken the game completely away from Warwickshire but a 130/140 lead is still a handy one and a couple of early wickets tomorrow would give us a strong chance of winning.  As I say we would have liked to have played better but we’re thankful of the position we’re in.

“It was a tough day [with the wind], it probably negated some swing but Thorp did a great job on day one and he’s probably suffering a bit today and Davies isn’t up to scratch after suffering a back spasm yesterday.   We’re up against it so four down is good.  The pitch is pretty good, if you bowl consistently you have a chance of getting people out”, said Cook.

Durham were without seamers Stephen Harmison, who was selected to play in the final Ashes Test at Lord’s, and Graham Onions, who remains with the England set up for the final game.  

“England picked the team yesterday so Graham was hanging around last night in case there were any overnight casualties and then they spoke to us to say that they would like to keep him down there in the squad, which you can understand.  It’s going to be a great occasion, especially if England do well over the next three or four days.  It looks like there should be a result so it’ll be deserving for Graham to be involved”, Cook added.