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Alastair Cook rushed for an X-Ray after Herath blow

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook of England reacts after being struck during day three of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lords Cricket Ground on June 11, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

England skipper Alastair Cook has headed to a local hospital in London to have a few X-Rays on his left knee. Although it comes as somewhat of a shock for many, video evidence shows Cook struck on the left knee by Rangana Herath as the latter attempted a cover drive off the bowling of Moeen Ali. Cook, positioned at silly point felt the pain of the full-blooded drive that hit him slightly close to the knee-roll.

At first, he showed very little sign of pain. However, the very next delivery felt the effects of the blow. He stayed on till the end of the first session but did not arrive after Lunch. Moreover, reports suggested that Cook wasn’t wearing any protection for his legs as most silly point fielders would. Joe Root was made the stand-in skipper in Cook’s absence as the latter hobbled away to get an X-Ray done for the same. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the same via a video tweet.

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The southpaw smashed a magnificent 85 was the standout performance in the first innings apart from the mammoth 167 from Jonny Bairstow. In spite of the wickets falling around him, Cook weathered the storm as he formed an 80-run partnership with Bairstow. The latter walked in when England was reeling at 84-4 in their first innings.

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Going into the Lords Test match, the Brits were aiming for a whitewash having won the first two Test matches of the series. The second Test match, in particular, was special for Alastair Cook in particular as he crossed the 10,000 run mark, becoming the youngest batsman to get to this mark.

Watch: Alastair Cook hit on the knee-roll by Rangana Herath

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