Alastair Cook lives to fight final day

Alastair Cook lives to fight a final day as England vs India

Alastair Cook builds lead for England in farewell Test,Cook, who will retire from Test cricket at the end of his 161st match,

came through a shaky start to maintain his hopes of a farewell century at the Oval. He scored 71 in England’s first innings.

Sir Vivian Richards scored 60 but West Indies lost; David Gower did not know he was playing his last Test, blithely assuming that selection would be based on merit.

Of England’s more recent stalwarts,

India vs England Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46 in his final Test innings as England reached 114/2 at stumps on day three for a 154-run lead over India Alec Stewart managed 38 on his home ground,

Michael Atherton 13 and eight before he was Warned and McGrathed one last time.

Before his final innings Cook waited at the top of the stairs that lead down from the Oval dressing-room, legs

crossed and leaning on his bat, waiting for Keaton Jennings to join him. It was a lovely afternoon for a

farewell, India vs England Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46 in his final Test innings as England reached

114/2 at stumps on day three for a 154-run lead over India , the ground full, and Cook would have been

guaranteed yet another standing ovation if he had got a first-baller. But the old campaigner toughed it out

one more time – and he might even have outlasted his partner as England opener.

Only famous American actresses have had more official partners than Cook: Jennings is one of twelve.

Alastair Cook lives to fight a final day as England batsmen gain advantage against India ,But this summer,

after a promising comeback against Pakistan, Jennings’s game has not progressed; he keeps getting out in

the same ways, this time shouldering arms.

It is not as if Jennings has made himself indispensable in the field, as he has spilled chances wherever he

has been posted: Alastair Cook lives to fight a final day as England batsmen gain advantage against India, at

silly point on the latest occasion, when his height and stiffness stopped him getting down low. He might yet

win a place on the plane to Colombo, but James Vince and Liam Livingstone should be given boarding

passes ahead of Jennings,

ENG 114/2 (Cook 46* Root 29*) #England lead by 154

England have fought well here after India managed to add a fair amount to their overnight total and get within

touching distance of England’s 332. India vs England Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46 in his final Test innings as

England reached 114/2 at stumps on day three for a 154-run lead over India The crowd are very appreciative of

Alastair Cook as he walks off with Joe Root. He’ll get another couple of great ovations tomorrow, for sure, whatever happens.

It was a tight and good day of Test cricket. Thanks for joining me and Alan Tyers throughout the day and enjoy the rest of your weekends 

India vs England Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46 in his final Test innings as England reached 114/2 at stumps on

day three for a 154-run lead over India ,Keaton Jennings was out leaving a ball from Shami (but it seems that he’ll be

going on tour) that hit the stumps and Moeen was bowled loosely driving Jadeja out of the rough. England lead by

154 runs with eight wickets left and two days remaining. They will want to double that tomorrow, at least. But tomorrow is another day.

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