England v India: fifth Test, day five – live! | Sport
September 11, 2018
23rd over: India 77-3 (Rahul 54, Rahane 13) The ball is starting to do a bit now, and Anderson beats both batsmen outside off stump in the course of a good over.
“In case anyone asks for it, here’s the TMS link,” says Dave Langlois. “As I was saying to a friend after yesterday’s incredible events, one of the best things about such cricket heydays is the sheer quality of players, commentators, reporters and spectators, a unique mix. So congrats for your part in it all, especially that Ronay bloke. What a piece he wrote this morning.”
22nd over: India 76-3 (Rahul 53, Rahane 13) Broad has a big LBW appeal against Rahane turned down by the immaculate Kumar Dharmasena. It swung a fair way and would have missed leg stump. Broad does have some strapping on his rib, which suggests bruising if not necessarily a crack.
“In the warm after-glow of yesterday at the Oval, who do you think is the answer to who will open for England now?” asks Powell. “Jennings seems to have support to go to Sri Lanka, which must be based on his reputation against spin rather than his current form. We have, looking at the fixtures, only six Tests between now and the start of the Ashes next summer, which feels not enough to settle on an opening pair that hasn’t been settled since 2012. On form this season (and the last few seasons), then Rory Burns looks the obvious candidate but is there something about him that doesn’t fit with the England set up? I’ve read Andy’s piece from last week and enjoyed the Spinal Tap references, but he doesn’t seem to have the answer either. Woe! Woe!”
I think it will be Jennings and Burns in Sri Lanka. Nasser made a good case for James Vince in the Daily Mail. It partly depends whether England pick a team to win in Sri Lanka (which I would probably do) or look beyond that. I’d probably pick Burns and Vince with Hameed as the 17th man, though I don’t know enough about county cricket to really comment.
21st over: India 65-3 (Rahul 52, Rahane 11) It’s been a quiet start to the day, with not much movement for Anderson and Broad. We might see Moeen Ali earlier than expected.
“Just to expand slightly upon the point John Withington made at 10:24, it is interesting when sportspeople announce their impending retirement before their last match/competition,” says Helen Ward. “Surely the only reason they would do this, rather than announcing their retirement after their last game, is to garner adulation during their last game? It all makes me feel slightly queer that they’re clearly quite insecure. Alternatively, one could just not announce ANYTHING, and just quietly not be available for selection in future, but that would be a VERY old fashioned way of ending your career. Just a thought.”
That’s what Mike Atherton did in 2001, and his is still my favourite retirement. I’d love to be so free of ego and full of dignity. But I know that, were I in a similar position, I’d announce it on social media a month in advance, with a humblebrag and a hashtag, before going on a farewell tour of the country.
20th over: India 62-3 (Rahul 50, Rahane 10) In a surprising development, reports of Stuart Broad having a cracked rib were fake news. He starts with a maiden to Rahane, whose defensive approach suggests he’s of a mind to bat all day. He’s the only remaining batsman who could conceivably do that.
“Morning Rob,” says Harry Lang. “There’s a snowflake’s chance in hell that Jimmy would even consider turning in for good. He’s a man in the prime of his career with the temperament of a wizened general, the arm of a under 20s javelin champion and the hair of a teenager. Plus we’ve already got a selection nightmare with our openers so legally, he can’t leave.”
19th over: India 62-3 (Rahul 50, Rahane 10) James Anderson opens the bowling, needing one wicket to move ahead of Glenn McGrath. KL Rahul works him through midwicket for four to move to his first fifty of the series, a rapid affair from only 57 balls. Well played.
“As I’m soon off to hospital for an operation I shall miss the live coverage today,” writes long-time OBOer John Starbuck, “so this is to wish the OBO team and England all the best, and thanks for a really good summer.”
The same to you, John, and we hope it’s nothing serious. See you at 4am sharp for the first ODi in Sri Lanka.
Corrections and clarifications department “If there is a convention that joke bowlers only appear when a match is petering out in a draw, it is a modern one,” says Neil Hickman. “In his book of the 1953 series, when England regained the Ashes at the Oval after 19 years, Trevor Bailey recounted that as England approached the 132 which they needed for victory, the Australian captain Lindsay Hassett brought himself and his vice-captain Arthur Morris on to bowl. The gesture was rather an acknowledgment that the match was effectively at an end.”
Yes, fair point. See also Gower, David and others. I should have said that it’s not usually done when the bowling team are about to win the match.
“I can’t quite believe I’m writing this, but were India simply too gentlemanly yesterday?” says Gary Naylor. “In the moment – and what a privilege is was to be there in the pavilion with friends – it made your heart soar to see the Indian players lining up to shake Alastair Cook by the hand (I think KL Rahul even removed his hat in deference), but I feel it’s taken the edge off the match. When Kohli went for a golden duck, I felt disappointed for him; KL Rahul played some wonderful strokes, but with the air of a man playing a benefit game for an old adversary; and I really, really want Ravindra Jadeja to score a maiden century today after his fantastic efforts with the ball and in the field yesterday. Sport’s not supposed to be like that, is it?”
I take your point, though I wouldn’t criticise India for losing some edge in a dead rubber at the end of a mentally draining tour. I do think the whole Alastair Cook Benefit Match thing has been slightly excessive, but hype, image and standing ovations make the modern world go round. That said, it’s hard to begrudge Cook anything really.
“Good morning Rob, and the OBO gang,” says Paul Brown. “What a delight it was to wake up this morning and realise what was essentially a perfect day of cricket (and le0’ts be honest here, sentiment too) actually happened! But I digress – I note it was mentioned on yesterday’s OBO that TMS did a segment covering Cook’s career which was soundtracked by Sia’s wonderful ‘Breathe Me’. I know you don’t get many requests for TMS links so thought I’d fire one across – do you have one for that piece? Regardless, a big thanks to yourself and all the OBOers for making this cracking summer of cricket that bit more entertaining and accessible from my desk at work.”
You know we’re in the emotional stratosphere when the producers turn to Breathe Me. I’ve barely stopped crying from the Six Feet Under finale, and that was 12 years ago. As for the Cook clip, you can find it after five minutes of this link.
“As it’s the last day of the last Test that Mr Cook will ever play,” begins Matthew Scanlon, “I wonder if Root will allow him one more over to get one more wicket and a final standing ovation?”
I’m not sure he will, or that Cook would want it. The usual etiquette is that you only bring on joke bowlers when the match is petering out as a draw. Cook has always lived in fear of Mother Cricket, and even though he’s retiring I doubt he’ll want to offend her.
An email “Has anyone considered the possibility that Jimmy might also hang his boots up after this match?” says John Withington. “Could he be waiting to pass McGrath and then just announce he’s finished? I suspect he’s not one to court the attention that Cook has had and might go quietly.”
I can’t see it. He’s playing too well, and I think he’ll want at least one more Ashes. His last 200 Test wickets have come at an average of 20, and his last 100 at home – where he’ll face the Aussies next summer – have come at the absurd average of 16.
Who wants to feel warm and fuzzy? You’re in the right place.
Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the annual London Festival of Goodwill, also known as the final day’s Test cricket of the summer.
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With the possible exception of a 24-pack of Tennent’s Super, there’s nothing like an end-of-term party to make us temporarily forget the state the world is in. In the next few hours, England will complete an unlikely 4-1 series win over India. Alastair Cook will get his last standing ovation as a Test cricketer, Jimmy Anderson will go past Glenn McGrath to become Test cricket’s most prolific fast bowler, and Stuart Broad may go past Kapil Dev to become the seventh leading wickettaker in Test history. For anyone with even the slightest emotional investment in the England cricket team, it’s going to be a day of benign, bittersweet emotion.
It still won’t top the events of day four – an I-wasn’t-there day for most of us, yet one we’ll remember as if we were front and centre. Cook made a century in his final innings, Joe Root made his first hundred in over a year and Anderson and Broad reduced India to two for three. Oh, and Virat Kohli went for a golden duck.
India recovered partially to 58 for three, but it’s hard to see them saving the game and impossible to see them winning it: they need a further 406 runs to do so. This match has already used up its quota of fairytales.