Abu Dhabi: Alastair Cook played the third longest innings in Test cricket as he scored a monumental 263 to help his team into the lead over Pakistan in the first Test here yesterday.

Alastair Cook

The England skipper batted for 836 minutes to guide England to 569-8 at close on the fourth day to thwart Pakistan’s pace-cum-spin attack on a flat pitch. But even on a docile pitch it needed a strong resolve from Cook as he came to the crease in the last hour of play on the second day under the pressure of a big total of 523-8 declared by Pakistan.