Cook exit in final Test sparks England collapse


Cook exit in final Test sparks England collapse

Saturday, September 08, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alastair Cook marked his final Test appearance with a 50 before India's Jasprit Bumrah sparked an England collapse at the Oval yesterday.

England only lost one wicket before tea and were making steady, if slow, progress at 131 for one on the first day of the fifth Test.

But Cook's exit for 71 sparked a slump that saw six wickets lost for 48 runs, with England Captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran all out for noughts.

At stumps, England were 198 for seven, with Ishant Sharma taking three for 28 in a miserly 22 overs and fellow paceman Bumrah two for 41 in 21 that included two wickets in four balls.

Cook, England's all-time record Test run-scorer, was making his final appearance at this level before international retirement.

The 33-year-old left-handed opener, who will continue to play for Essex, came into this match having scored 12,254 Test runs at an average of 44.88 including 32 hundreds.

But he has struggled for runs lately, with his previous best score this series the 29 he made during India's 203-run win in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

“The guard of honour was such a nice gesture, but you're focused on batting and you don't have time to appreciate it,” Cook told Sky Sports.

“The reception I got was fantastic. it went on a bit and that makes you even more determined not to get out.”

Cook, extending his England appearance record to 161 Tests, was thrust straight into the action when Root, his successor as England captain, opted to bat first after winning the toss on a sunny day.

England had already won this five-match series after a 60-run victory at Southampton gave them a 3-1 lead.

Cook, who walked out to a guard of honour from India, struck two trademark boundaries off successive Bumrah balls — a square-cut and a pull.

The under-pressure Keaton Jennings made 23 in an opening partnership of 60 with Cook before he carelessly turned left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to Lokesh Rahul at leg slip.

England were 68 for one at lunch, with Cook 37 not out and Moeen Ali — one of an all left-handed top-three — two not out.

Both batsmen were then dropped on their interval scores.

England 1st Innings
A Cook b Bumrah 71
K Jennings c Rahul b Jadeja 23
M Ali c Pant b Sharma 50
J Root lbw b Bumrah 0
J Bairstow c Pant b Sharma 0
B Stokes lbw b Jadeja 11
J Buttler not out 11
S Curran c Pant b Sharma 0
A Rashid not out 4
Extras (b25, lb3) 28
Total (7 wkts, 90 overs, 386
To bat: S Broad, J Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-60
(Jennings), 2-133 (Cook),
3-133 (Root), 4-134
(Bairstow), 5-171 (Stokes),
6-177 (Ali), 7-181 (Curran)
Bowling: Bumrah 21-9-41-2;
Sharma 22-10-28-3; Vihari 1-0-
1-0; Shami 22-7-43-0; Jadeja
India: KL Rahul, Shikhar
Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya
Rahane, Hanuma Vihari,
Rishabh Pant (wkt), Ravindra
Jadeja, Ishant Sharma,
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit
Toss: England
Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS),
Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match referee: Andy Pycroft

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