India v England: Graeme Swann urges the tourists to build a big lead

India v England: Graeme Swann heaps praise on Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen for an impressive third-wicket stand

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England spinner Graeme Swann praises Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen Photo: The Sport Review

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Graham Swann urged England to build a big first-innings lead after Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen put the tourists in a strong position on day two of the second Test in Mumbai.

The England captain is unbeaten on 87, while Pietersen posted a solid 62 not out, to help the tourists finish on 178-2 at the close of play.

Cook’s men had started slowly after Nick Compton was dismissed for 29 and Jonathan Trott fell for a duck – Harbhajan Singh took both wickets – but England recovered and Swann wants his team-mates to post a big score on day three.

“The pitch will get trickier to bat on as the game wears on,” Swann told BBC Sport.

“We’re 150 behind with eight wickets in hand. We need to use those wickets and pull out as big a lead as possible.”

England’s third-wicket stand produced 110 runs to leave the tourists trailing India by 149, and Swann heaped praise on Cook and Pietersen for their performance.

“We’ve played exceptionally well,” Swann added.

“Cookie and Kevin batted magnificently to put us in a pretty good position.

“Kevin showed what a class player he is. It was great to see him playing so positive and I’m sure he’ll be keen to dig in on day three.

“Cookie has been in exceptional form in this series so far. The longer he bats tomorrow, the better position we will get in as a team.”

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