Alastair Cook and Joe Root in action during the 5th Test
Playing the final innings of his illustrious Test career, Alastair Cook continued to build England’s lead as he, along with captain Joe Root, led the hosts to 114/2 at stumps, with a lead of 154 runs against India on the third day of the fifth and final Test of the five-match series at The Oval. (HIGHLIGHTS)
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. (Scorecard)
England had earlier secured a 40-run first-innings lead after dismissing India for 292. Ravindra Jadeja prevented a far bigger lead with 86 not out after India resumed on 174/6.
After the dismissals of Keaton Jennings (10) and Moeen Ali (20) left England at 62/2, England captain Joe Root played fluidly to reach the close on 29 not out alongside the man he succeeded as skipper.
England hold an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
(With AP inputs)