November 15, 2018, 0:22

England v India: All you need to know from day five at The Oval

England v India: All you need to know from day five at The Oval


Watch highlights from day five of the fifth Test at The Oval

A record-sealing wicket from James Anderson handed England a 4-1 series win over India as Alastair Cook signed off his international career in style…


The Report

James Anderson surpassed Glen McGrath’s record for most Test wickets by a seamer as England beat India by 118 runs at The Oval to seal a 4-1 series win.

Mohammed Shami played out the first two balls of the over, before the Lancastrian knocked out his middle pole out of the ground to win the match for England and move past Glenn McGrath onto 564 Test wickets and into fourth place on the all-time list, now with only spinners ahead of him.

It crowned a Test filled with memorable moments, the last of which saw Anderson stand back and let Cook lead the team off the field in his final match for England…writes Sam Drury

Moment of the Day

It certainly seemed to be written in the stars that Anderson would send the stumps cartwheeling to over take McGarth, leading England to another Test victory and be able to celebrate the milestone with his best friend Cook. You could not write a much better script and the DVD of the game will undoubtedly be a priceless possession for any cricket fan!

Stats of the Day

Rishabh Pant is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in England.

Tuesday marked the 709th day of Alastair Cook’s Test career, placing him seventh on the list of actual days of Test cricket played.

Most days as a Test player Player Days S Tendulkar (India) 892 S Waugh (Australia) 762 R Ponting (Australia) 745 R Dravid (India) 732 A Border (Australia) 730 J Kallis (South Africa) 722 A Cook (England) 709 S Chanderpaul (Windies) 704

Virat Kohli ended the series with 593 runs, placing him 244 ahead of second-placed Jos Buttler (349). There is only one instance of a larger difference where the highest run-scorer of the series came from the losing team – Brian Lara (688) finished 285 runs ahead of Hashan Tillakaratne (403) in Sri Lanka in 2001.

Talking Point

All-rounders are England’s forte – Stokes, Curran, Woakes, and Ali have all put in match-winning performances in this series – but does having too many of them cloud the mind? With England possessing six bowling options at The Oval, Joe Root was somewhat spoilt for choice, meaning Jimmy Anderson bowled four overs to begin day five of the fifth Test – and was then not seen again until 3.15pm. Rashid, too, also bowled a paucity of overs, when you’d think a leg-spinner on a flat, day-five pitch would be getting through a fair chunk.

What they said

David Lloyd: “We saw Pant in the IPL, he gives it a right thrash. His strike rate in the IPL is 176 and he very quickly got into the mindset of ‘I’m looking to score, get some runs but this is a Test match I have got to be a bit careful.’ He swings himself off his feet in the IPL and he has tried in this series to just reign it in but there is more to come from him. He can damage you, take the game away from you if the conditions are right.”

Nasser Hussain: “As a viewer I think it has been a brilliant summer. There has hardly been a dull session, a dull Test and there has been some cracking white-ball stuff, too. Test-wise, it has been what we expect from England at home. They are very good when the ball is moving around and have some fine cricketers, plus to bounce back from losing the first Test to Pakistan to then go on and beat India, the No 1 side in the world, has shown their quality.

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