Alastair Cook makes farewell century in fifth England v India Test – live! | Sport
September 10, 2018
WICKET! Pujara lbw b Anderson 0 (India 2-1)
Two lbw decisions go England’s way in an over and Anderson pulls level with McGrath on 563 wickets! Pujara was hit on the knee-roll from the Jimmy off-cutter and stood no chance. He actually tried to review but Umpire Dharmasena had to tell him that his 15 seconds had expired. Double-wicket maiden!
3rd over: India 2-1 (Rahul 0) They were the 45th and 46th lbw dismissals of the series, Andrew Samson on TMS advises, which is the most ever recorded in a series. That’s a proper stat from the best in the business.
WICKET! Dhawan lbw b Anderson 1 (India 1-1)
The opener is out leg before for the second time in the Test, and much as it was the first time around, there is no need to review it. Around the wicket, Anderson got the ball to straighten and Dhawan couldn’t make contact. He finishes the series with an average of 20.
2nd over: India 1-0 (Rahul 0, Dhawan 1) Disco Stu Broad running away from the pavilion at Shikhar Dhawan, who needs runs rather badly to keep his spot in this Indian Test XI. He’s off the mark with a compact push to point. Rahul is a bit jumpy but he is getting his bat to ball, which is a start.
1st over: India 0-0 (Rahul 0, Dhawan 0) England will get an 18-over pop at the visitors tonight, the scoreboard tells me. Actually, that suggests we are going to have all 90 overs sent own by 6pm! Scenes! Anderson, who is three wickets away from overtaking Glenn McGrath, nearly reduces that by one when Rahul takes an ill-considered flay at the final delivery of this opening set. It beats his bat – just.
The Bairstow connection. “40 years back,” writes Aditya Nair, India nearly chased 438 at the same ground. Fun fact: the elder Bairstow was the wicketkeeper in that game.”
Love it, but I wouldn’t have thought so. Not from here. Right, Jimmy has the ball in his hand with Rahul on strike. PLAY!
Last one of these. Thank you all for the thank you emails. “Adding my thanks to everyone at the OBO for once again shining a single ray of light into the darkness that is cricket coverage in western Canada,” writes Hamish MacAulay. “You have sustained me. Thanks also to everyone for the TMS links. I haven’t heard a cricket broadcast in many years due to the obsessive rights control that surrounds international cricket. The Trump White House should hire the team in charge of creating the international cricket void.”
ENGLAND DECLARE AT 423-8! WICKET! Curran c Pant b Vihari 21
After nailing a wonderful white-ball six into the crowd at long-off, the enthusiastic Surrey all-rounder top edges straight into the air to end his innings. It is enough for Joe Root to call them in, with India (theorhetically) requiring 464 for victory in 108 overs.
112th over: England 412-7 (Curran 15, Rashid 20) Whoa, here we go! Rashid is sweeping and hacking then lofting and cutting his way to a 12-run over, moving him to 20 from 14 balls as England march towards the end of their time with the bat. Jadeja is the man copping the tap from the England lower order, which will annoy him no end.
“Yes, poor old Nick Knight,” Tom Gauterin notes of the video a couple of overs back. “But at 48:16 – is that straight six Hooper hits off Fraser not the most perfect shot in the history of the game?” I’ll decide at the change of innings.
111st over: England 400-7 (Curran 15, Rashid 8) England bring up their 400! That’s the first time in the series that mark has been reached by either side. In a century where bat has dominated ball too often, this sort of stat is music to my ears. The new man Rashid made it so, giving himself room to clobber Vihari through cover for his first four.
WICKET! Stokes c Rahul b Jadeja 37 (England 397-7)
Stokes’ better-than-run-a-ball cameo is over, holing out to Rahul at deep midwicket to give Jadeja his third. Declaration, you ask? Nup, not yet. Earlier in the over, I should mention, the all-rounder biffed him over long-on for a big’un then whacked him through cover for another four. Fun and games before the inevitable.
110th over: England 393-7 (Curran 15, Rashid 1)
109th over: England 382-6 (Stokes 27, Curran 15) DJ Shami running away from us and Stokes attempts to hit him straight back this but only gets an edge, of the fat variety, which flies over the slips and and far away for four. That theme continues when Curran tries to do the same to finish but misses with his hefty swing. My friends, on all the available evidence, the declaration is near.
“Following on from Mr Tony White (106th over),” begins Phil Keegan, “I would also like to express my appreciation of the Guardian OBO and all the lovely writers who run it, not to mention the jolly contributions from readers. I live in Vietnam and before moving here, I lived in Turkey, Malaysia and various European countries. I almost never get to see cricket live or on TV and the OBO is my cricket lifeline. I send you my heartfelt thanks and please keep up the jolly good work. Applause and standing ovation from me.”
This is lovely. Thank you, Phil. We really appreciate it.
108th over: England 375-6 (Stokes 22, Curran 14) Ah, not nice: Vihari hit at short leg. Stokes played the shot but all the attention is on the young man making his debut. The medical staff race out as the replay shows that the ball hit the grill. Remarkably, he elects to continue fielding there for the rest of the over – that’s tough stuff. Later in the Jadeja over, Curran crunches off the back foot from the balls of his feet to the boundary at point. “This still makes me wince,” writes Rob. As Aggers says a few times on TMS: we’re so lucky to now have helmets.
107th over: England 368-6 (Stokes 20, Curran 9) Shami pitches up and Stokes replies with a luuuurrrrrvely on-drive down to the rope just in front of my OBO position. Three singles come as does the inevitable delivery that beats the bat, as the Indian quick has done an absurd number of times through this Test. 2/176 are his match figures, Andrew Samson reveals on TMS. “That’s utterly ridiculous,” replies Aggers.
106th over: England 361-6 (Stokes 14, Curran 8) Singles for each then Curran knocks the last few Jadeja deliveries on the head.
“Merci beaucoup from Peyriac de Mer!” G’day, Tony White. “Nice to see some sauce on the mix, maybe young Kohli will be stung into getting the needed runs single handed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the OBO’s this summer, please accept my grats for the crew. The cricket was also pretty good! A bientôt.”
Thanks for your kind words and company. The OBO works best as a two-way conversation and we’ve been flooded with emails each and every day.
A lovely TMS tribute to Cook during the tea interval. I’ll be sure to link through to it when they pop it online. It was set to the music of my Sia good Adelaide local) – Breathe Me. Until now, I always associated that song with the magnificent final scene of Six Feet Under. I’d really like to see that final innings put to this from M83 at some stage. Right, the players are back on the field with Stokes (13) and Curran (7) resuming for England. The lead is 404, the score Australia made at Leeds to win in 1948. Jadeja to bowl. PLAY!
Tea: England lead by 404
105th over: England 364-6 (Stokes 13, Curran 7) The last over of the session is a largely uneventful one. The same can’t be said of the session as a while, with Alastair Cook making 147 in his final Test innings. That’s it from me for today – Adam Collins will be back after tea. Bye!
104th over: England 361-6 (Stokes 13, Curran 4) Stokes takes England’s lead up to 400.
“I thought the Root wicket a great time to take a tactical bladder break,” says Jon Devaney. “FFS.”
103rd over: England 358-6 (Stokes 12, Curran 2) Stokes edges the luckless Shami short of slip – not once, but twice. In a parallel universe, Mohammed Shami has become the first person to take all 20 wickets in a Test. There are lies, damned lies and match figures of two for 166.
“I take your point re: Root’s pausing, possibly seeming melancholic as he departed (14:58),” says Bill Hargreaves. “I saw the clip of him congratulating Cook and thought there was something quite poignant in his attitude there, too. I’d say it’s just the departure of a dear friend, the passing of an era in which he became established, and possibly the premonition of his own, far off departure. I wonder whether he will surpass Alastair’s grand total?”
Yes I’m sure you’re right. But if he does quit as captain in the next few days, I intend to be as insufferable as I was after predicting before the 2003 World Cup that Kenya would beat Sri Lanka.
102nd over: England 357-6 (Stokes 12, Curran 1) Curran gets off a pair. England can declare when they like; there’s almost no way India can save this match.
WICKET! England 356-6 (Buttler c Shami b Jadeja 0)
Buttler goes second ball. He tried to go big and sliced Jadeja to backward point. That’s the most admirably selfless two-ball duck I’ve ever seen. It was very nearly a no-ball, but Jadeja had a centimetre of heel behind the line.
101st over: England 355-5 (Stokes 10, Buttler 0) That’s the sixth time Bairstow has been bowled in Tests this summer, equalling the England record in a single summer.
“I’m starting to realise that I maybe didn’t appreciate Cook enough throughout his career,” says Felix Wood. “Like Broad and Jimmy, when he goes we’ll realise that you don’t get that high on all time lists by just being there. The three of them are legends, and I mean that as something that is only conferred on true greats, not in the annoying way that idiots use it about someone who has remembered to buy crisps when they go to the bar.”
The reaction to Cook during this Test suggests you’re not the only one. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s about to go.
WICKET! England 355-5 (Bairstow b Shami 18)
Shami beats Bairstow on the inside with consecutive deliveries. The second of those bursts through Pant and hits the helmet, which means five penalty runs for England. Shami has beaten the bat almost 50 times in this match, which is extraordinary – but he has his second wicket of the match now! Bairstow drives outside off stump with no feet movement and drags the ball back onto the stumps.
100th over: England 344-4 (Bairstow 13, Stokes 10) This pitch is ragging now. The bounce is especially nasty, which will help Moeen Ali in particular in the fourth innings.
“Hello from a chilly Headingley Rob,” says Michael Keane. “Just wondering how many cricketers have scored a maximum break in their final innings.”
Cook is the first to do it in international cricket. To quote Hannibal Smith, I love it when a stat comes together.
99th over: England 343-4 (Bairstow 12, Stokes 10) Cook is sitting on the balcony, chatting to his old Essex mate James Foster. The redness of his face suggests it may have been raining on his face in the last few minutes, but he has a big smile now and is chatting away. His final record is 12,472 runs at 45.35. I’d be pretty surprised if that record is ever broken.
Back in the present, Ben Stokes slaps consecutive boundaries off Shami. After months of grim defence, he can play his natural game here.
“Of all the impressive facts about England’s batting today I’d like to add a comment on Stokes’s dressing speed,” says Iain Carroll. “I’m sat in the Bedser Stand and can confirm that he only went to get changed at the fall of Root’s wicket and still got on the pitch about three minutes later. I like to think that, like running your petrol low on the motorway, the players do this to liven up a dull day.”
Or when they’re being bowled out for 46.
98th over: England 331-4 (Bairstow 9, Stokes 1) Jadeja is going to take the second new ball. Bairstow blasts him down the ground for four and then misses a mighty swipe outside off stump.
“Interesting that Buttler has gone from surprise/slightly controversial Test call up to FEC in a matter of weeks,” says James Gordon. “I like that.”
He’s no Lee Germon.
97th over: England 326-4 (Bairstow 5, Stokes 0) Shami replaces Vihari, who is pulled out of the attack despite – or rather because of – a double-wicket maiden. Bairstow cuts brusquely for four to extend England’s lead to 366.
96th over: England 322-4 (Bairstow 1, Stokes 0) Bairstow, who has made three ducks in his last four Test innings, gets off a pair.
“Is there any indication of Root standing down?” says Mark Hooper. “If so who would replace him?”
None at all. I just thought there was something strange about his reaction as he walked off. I’m sure it’s nothing. I think Buttler will replace him eventually.
95th over: England 321-4 (Bairstow 0, Stokes 0) I took a wicket off Hanuma Vihari there – he was the bowler who dismissed Cook, of course, and was on a hat-trick before Ben Stokes blocked the hat-trick ball. He’ll have to settle for a double-wicket maiden and his first two Test wickets.
WICKET! England 321-4 (Cook c Pant b Vihari 147)
And like that, he’s gone. Cook edges behind off Vihari and walks off for the last time. Every single Indian player runs up to shake his hand, and Bairstow sprints after him to do the same. Cook waves his bat and walks off to a heartwarming ovation. Joe Root, applauding on the balcony, looks like he’s about to break down. It’s all very emotional all of a sudden.
WICKET! England 321-3 (Root c sub b Vihari 125)
Root falls, slog-sweeping Vihari to deep midwicket. He looks very disappointed and stands still for a few seconds before dragging himself from the crease. He turns and raises his bat to the crowd in quite an emotional manner. That’s not a farewell as Test captain, is it? I doubt it but there was something unusual about that gesture.
It was a fun innings, 125 from 190 balls, and a nice way to end a difficult summer.
94th over: England 321-2 (Cook 147, Root 125) Another nasty delivery, this time from Jadeja, hits the elbow of Cook en route to leg slip. Jadeja thought it was off the glove; it wasn’t. This pitch is now a bit of a bunsen.
93rd over: England 319-2 (Cook 146, Root 124) Vihari gets one to kick nastily at Root, who takes it on the chest like a centre-back. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will do a lot of bowling when India bat.
“Sentiment aside, there’s a cricket match to win here,” says Richard O’Hagan. “Second new ball is due. If one of these two go, should England risk the horrible form of YJB or promote Buttler in the hope of declaration-inducing carnage?”
I’d go the other way. It’s a perfect chance for Bairstow to play his ultra-attacking game without worrying about the consequences. He won’t waste time either way.
92nd over: England 317-2 (Cook 145, Root 123) “Throughout this innings, Root has been flirting with having exactly half of Cook’s Test run total,” says Tom Bowtell. “When Cook was Root’s age, he had 6555 runs compared to Root’s current 6243, so maybe Root might end up around about his run total (if not, on current form, his century total).”
91st over: England 315-2 (Cook 144, Root 122) Thanks Adam, hello again. Root paddles Vihari for a single to bring up the 250 partnership, comfortably the highest of the summer. England lead by 355; I’d imagine they’ll bat on until after tea to shut the door on India.
90th over: England 311-2 (Cook 141, Root 121) Jadeja likes an lbw shout against Root early in his set but Umpire Dharmasena wants nothing to do with it. In case you missed it yesterday, India lost both their reviews when the spinner covinced Kohli to go upstairs in consecutive overs from deliveries that did not warrant further inspection. Root keeps the strike with one behind square and they stop for a drink. That’s my cue to hand back to Rob for the next hour – catch you after tea (with Cook nearing 200).