Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann was quick to praise Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar after England made good headway after removing India for 327.
Swann’s first innings haul of 4-70 was only eclipsed by Panesar’s five-fer before Pietersen and Cook knuckled down against the Indian spin attack to lead a recovery from 68-2 to 178-2 at the close.
“Kevin today showed what a class player he is,” said Swann.
“We all know how good a player he is and it’s great to see him being so positive and playing some old-fashioned KP shots.”
“I’m sure he’ll be keen to dig in tomorrow, as will Cookie, and make this partnership massive. If you get off to a good start, and have guys at the crease who are comfortable, it does have a calming influence.
“Apart from me having my pads on as nightwatchman, it was a very calm changing room.”
Swann hit another personal milestone in Test cricket with the advent of his 200th wicket.
“Five years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of taking 200 Test wickets,” he said.
“I’m absolutely over the moon the way my career has panned out for me.
“The change at the top just at the right time for me, and it’s been a great four years. I’ve enjoyed every minute.”