Hot Alistair Cooks up another 50

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Alastair Cook’s fifth successive Test half-century helped England overcome the loss of Andrew Strauss for a second-ball duck and move towards safety against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

Strauss fell lbw on the back foot to Chanaka Welegedara for the second time in this second npower Test, having made only four in two attempts, before England recovered to reach 149 for two by stumps on day four.

They had banked a lead of only seven runs after Steven Finn finished with four wickets and took his Test career tally to 50 - the youngest Englishman to reach that landmark - in Sri Lanka’s 479 all out.