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'Cook must try to emulate Atherton' to save England in second Test

From BBC - July 16, 2017

Alastair Cook must emulate a legendary innings by Michael Atherton if England are to save the second Test against South Africa, says Michael Vaughan.

England were set 474 to win at Trent Bridge with two days of the match left.

Atherton batted 10 hours 43 minutes for 185 not out to earn England a draw in South Africa 22 years ago.

"England need Alastair Cook to play one of the great innings like Atherton did in Johannesburg in 1995," said former England captain Vaughan.

"We just want to see some application for England's players to the situation now. They need to show some fight."

Cook and fellow opener Keaton Jennings will resume after they negotiated a tricky four overs before the close on the third day.

Former skipper Cook was given out lbw first ball, but successfully overturned the decision on review to see the home side close on 1-0.

Vaughan believes England, who are 1-0 up in the series after a comfortable win at Lord's, should put any thoughts of a record Test victory to the back of their minds on Monday.

"You do not mention winning on day four. If Joe Root is honest he will want his team batting on Monday night," Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.

"He will be saying let's not fold. Show personal pride, show how good you are as a player. If you take it to the last day maybe then you can talk about drawing, maybe winning."

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