• Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Cook holds firm in farewell to strengthen England’s grip on fifth Test

Joe Root

By: Sarwar Alam

Alastair Cook’s typically grinding effort of 46 not out in his final Test innings before international retirement left England in a strong position in the fifth Test against Indiaat the Oval on Sunday. England were 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day, a lead of 154 runs, having already won this five-match series at 3-1 up. Now Cook, England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer and captain Joe Root (29 not out) will look to pile on the agony for India when they resume their unbroken third-wicket partnership of 52 on Monday. Cook, who made 71 in a first-innings…

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