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Second day off for Cook & Co.

Ranchi: Alastair Cook and his men had a second day off in succession, on Thursday. Idea being to get over any tiredness after the first two ODIs and to catch up on “personal matters.”

The five-match series is tied 1-1.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, some in the England squad did want to play golf during the day, but a technicality came in the way.

The only golf course in the city is under the Army and, as the request to play there involved foreigners, permission was needed from the Army HQ.

That was obtained, but the necessary paperwork took some time and, by then, the Englishmen decided against leaving the Radisson Blu.

With the Cooks not venturing out, England’s local manager Dr N. A. Khan, the medical officer of a cancer hospital in Jamshedpur, for one, had a relaxed day.