Wed, Sep 12, 12:34pm by Staff Writer
England capped off an impressive summer of cricket versus India, winning the fifth test by 118 runs at Lords.
That result sealed a 4-1 series win for the hosts, who controlled the second innings with the same batting lineup as the one that won the fourth Test by 60 runs, and sent off one of its best all-time batsmen with a win.
Alastair Cook scored 71 runs in the first innings and notched a magnificent century in the second innings and was dismissed for 147 runs.
The veteran played his final international Test against India and bows out as one of the leading run scorers in the history of international cricket.
England led by 40 runs at the change of innings thanks largely due to the play of Cook and Joss Buttler, who scored 89 runs.
India’s batting performance in the first innings were mixed, with six batsmen dismissed for under five runs each, but 86 runs from Ravindra Jadeja and a half century from Hanuma Vihari kept the visitors in the mix.
In the second innings, it was all England. They declared at 8 for 423, setting India a huge 463 runs for victory.
KL Rahul piled on 149 runs for the visitors to give them a fighting chance of victory, but the loss of four of their top six batsmen for a total of one run was disastrous for India.
Rishabh Pant scored 114 runs in his best performance of the series, with the 20-year-old notching 15 fours and four sixes in his innings.
England bowler James Anderson claimed a milestone wicket in the 118-run win, as he became the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket with his 564th wicket.
He bowled out Mohammed Shami to surpass Australia’s Glenn McGrath.
Veterans Aaron Finch and Peter Siddle have been picked alongside three uncapped Queenslanders for Australia’s upcoming series against Pakistan.
Bulls batsman Marnus Labuschagne and fast bowlers Michael Neser and Brendan Doggett are the latest to potentially wear the Baggy Green, with South Australian captain Travis Head joining them.
The Test series takes place in the United Arab Emirates starting on October 7.
Victoria’s Glenn Maxwell was a shock omission from the squad after averaging more than 50 runs in the Sheffield Shield last season.
The domestic JLT One-Day Cup commences this weekend, with the Western Australia Warriors the $3.50 favourites to win the competition.
Victoria ($4) and New South Wales ($4.50) are also in contention, with the Tasmanian Tigers the biggest price of the six teams competing at $9.
The Australia A side has lost to India by six-wickets in the final four-day game in Bengaluru.
Peter Hanscomb scored 56 runs for Australia, while Travis Head’s 47 runs helped to give Australia fighting chance.
The Indian spinners were too good for the visitors though, as they took eight wickets in the second innings, leaving the hosts just 54 runs to chase.
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