New Delhi: England skipper Alastair Cook on Saturday created a dubious record for getting out most times in the nervous nineties at the Lord's. He was bowled by Mitchell Marsh at 96, in response to Australia's first Innings total of 566 runs in the second Ashes Test.
Cook, 30, was looking in fine form to hit his first Ashes hundred in 22 innings and reach 28th Test hundred. But the southpaw failed to show the full face of the bat and ended up dragging the ball onto his stumps, giving Marsh second wicket of the match. It was the third instance Cook has gotten out in the 90's at the 'home of cricket'.
Overall, he has been dismissed on the nineties for seven times, a record for English players. Geoffrey Boycott is second with five. Besides, Cook is also the only other batsman apart from Virender Sehwag to have been dismissed at least once in 90s, 190s and 290s.
After his fall, Australia soon folded the England innings at 312 runs in 90.1 overs to gain a first innings lead of 254 runs. Despite the healthy lead, Aussies skipper Michael Clarke opted to bat again.
The last time Australia had enforced the follow-on in an Ashes Test was at Melbourne in 2002, which they won by five wickets. Australia are trailing the current series 0-1 after losing the opener at Cardiff, by 169 runs.
And the last visiting team to enforce the follow-on at the Lord's was Sri Lanka in a drawn match in 2002.