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Broad upbeat despite another Cook failure batting for England

By Staff Reporter

Alastair Cook's luck and form remains wretched, but Stuart Broad insists there will be no fretting from the England captain.

Cook continued his long run – a "rut", Broad concedes – with a contribution of just five before he contrived to be bowled round his legs by Mohammed Shami off the under-side of his thigh pad.

The captain's latest failure, continuing a sequence of 25 Test innings without a century, followed a last-wicket stand of 111 between India's numbers nine and 11, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Shami (51not out), on day two of the Investec series at Trent Bridge.

The tourists piled up 457 all out, before England lost only Cook on the way to 43 for one in reply at stumps.

Broad believes the circumstances of Cook's seventh successive Test dismissal for under 30 mean there is no reason for self-reproach.

"The ball was probably missing leg-stump if not (just) flicking when it caught the thigh pad," he said. "You just can't do work on those sorts of dismissals.

Broad is optmistic for his team-mates' prospects today.

"A session in Test cricket can change it. The third day is always the 'moving' day, a huge one for us," he added.

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