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Ton-up Cook enjoys ‘dream’ finish before Anderson rocks India

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Alastair Cook of England celebrates reaching his century during day four of the Specsavers 5th Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

Alastair Cook marked his final England innings with a “dream come true” hundred before James Anderson became the joint most successful fast bowler in Test history by sparking an India collapse at the Oval on Monday. Cook made 147 and Joe Root, his successor as England captain, 125 as the hosts piled up 423 for eight declared in their second innings of the fifth Test. Anderson then had both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara plumb lbw as India, needing 464 for an unlikely win, slumped to one for two in reply. That double strike meant Anderson had equalled Australia great Glenn McGrath’s mark…

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