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    Cook eyes something special in 2nd Test

    Openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss will pair up together for the 100th time.

    Abu Dhabi: England batsman Alastair Cook is confident of making amends for his side's heavy defeat by Pakistan last week when he opens a Test innings with captain Andrew Strauss for the 100th time in the second match of the series on Wednesday.

    The two men have scored 4,163 runs together with an average of 42.91 in their 99 Test innings. But Cook now needs to match that kind of performance after putting on just 10 and six runs in Dubai as Pakistan handed out a 10-wicket defeat to the top-ranked team in the first of the three-Test series.

    Cook wasn't aware of the milestone on Monday, but says he hopes to produce "something special" at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

    They will become the fourth pair in Test history to reach 100 innings together.