Cricket: Batsmen keep England on top

England's batsmen have put their team in a strong position after three days of the third test against India in Kolkata.

The visitors ended the day on 509-6, a lead of 193, the BBC reports.

Captain Alastair Cook was run out 10 runs short of a double hundred as he moved to avoid Virat Kohli's throw before making his ground.

Cook had earlier shared a stand of 173 with Jonathan Trott (87).

Kevin Pietersen chimed in with a hard-hit 54, and Matt Prior and Graeme Swann put on an unbroken stand of 56 to extend the lead further.

The late flurry pushed England towards a position from which they can earn a 2-1 lead in the four-match series and potentially secure a first series victory in India since 1985.