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Hello, the Sport360 team is here to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket on Tuesday, as England look to finish off India in the fifth Test.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the day but we want you to get involved too.

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4:50pm – Sarfraz Ahmed confident of good displays at Asia Cup

The Pakistan skipper is convinced his team will raise their game when the Asia Cup begins in the UAE later this week. The men in green are one of six sides competing in the tournament and arrived in Dubai on Tuesday ahead of their opening game. Read more on that story here.

The Pakistan skipper speaking to the media on Monday.

The Pakistan skipper speaking to the media on Monday.

1.59pm: India batting for survival at The Oval

Play has resumed on the final day of the fifth Test at The Oval with England pressing for a victory that would give them a commanding 4-1 series win over India.

The danger man for England, Indian captain Virat Kohli, won’t be playing any part today – dismissed for a rare golden duck, caught behind off Stuart Broad.

Follow the ball-by-ball live scores HERE.

Much of India's hopes rest on the shoulders of Lokesh Rahul

Much of India’s hopes rest on the shoulders of Lokesh Rahul

11.55am: Mitchell Starc named to lead Australian attack against Pakistan in the UAE

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has named a 15-player squad for the tour of the United Arab Emirates.

The squad, led by Tim Paine, will play two Tests against Pakistan, the first commencing on October 7 at Dubai International Stadium and the second commencing on October 16 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

It features five players yet to debut at Test level – Queensland trio Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett and Marnus Labuschagne, South Australia’s Travis Head and Victoria’s Aaron Finch.

To check out the full squad CLICK HERE

Mitchell Starc will spearhead Australia's pace attack

Mitchell Starc will spearhead Australia’s pace attack

9.41am: Pakistan star Shahid Afridi picked as Icon player in Afghanistan Premier League draft

Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has signed up as one of the Icon players for the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Snixer Sports held the APL T20 player draft in Dubai on Monday. A total of five teams representing as many regions of Afghanistan – Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh – will take part in the tournament.

The tournament, consisting of 23 matches, will take place from October 5-23 in Sharjah.

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Good morning!

The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Tuesday.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day via Twitter and Facebook.

TOP STORY

Alastair Cook delighted The Oval crowd with a fairytale century in his final Test innings for England on a remarkable day of stellar career landmarks.

Cook’s 33rd Test hundred, replete with nine standing ovations from the 19,300 enticed to witness his historic last hurrah, preceded a late bid for a share of the glory from his fellow England record-breaker James Anderson.

After Cook (147) and Joe Root (125) helped England pile up 423 for eight declared on day four of the fifth Specsavers Test, and Anderson then equalled Glenn McGrath’s all-time world record of 563 wickets for any pace bowler. The upshot was a near hopeless position for India.

Thanks to Anderson, and Stuart Broad, the tourists lurched to two for three before recovering to 58 without further loss in notional pursuit of 464 for victory.

This was billed as an occasion all about Cook – unbeaten on 46 at the start of play, while for good measure his wife Alice reached her due date to give birth to their third child.

To read more CLICK HER

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FOOTBALL

It was a busy night in the UEFA Nation’s League.

No Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal, no worries – as they edged out Italy 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to a goal by Andre Silva.

In the most extraordinary match of the evening Turkey came from two goals down to beat World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden 3-2.

In other matches Scotland beat Albania 2-0, thanks to a goal from Steven Naismith and an own goal from Berat Xhimshiti and Serbia and Romania played out a 2-2 draw.

For Matt Jones expert player ratings from Portugal v Italy CLICK HERE.

To catch up with all the UEFA Nations League action CLICK HERE

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CRICKET

All the focus yesterday was on the Master Chef but there was also some cricket action in Dubai – off the field at least.

Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has signed up as one of the Icon players for the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Snixer Sports held the APL T20 player draft in Dubai on Monday. A total of five teams representing as many regions of Afghanistan – Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh – will take part in the tournament.

To find out what happened at the APL draft CLICK HERE

Shahid Afridi.

Shahid Afridi.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Rugby World Cup expansion is a question of when rather than if, says World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup could be the final edition of the tournament that is contested by 20 teams with organisers intent on expansion.

It may be as early as France 2023 that an additional four nations are represented, although the ensuing competition four years later is more likely as World Rugby look to increase the reach of the game.

Hong Kong, Germany, Kenya and the Cook Islands are among the sides who might benefit from any enlargement, but chief executive Brett Gosper is aware of an important balance that must be struck.

“We’re always looking from an expansive point of view rather than reducing so it’s just a question of when rather than if,” World Rugby boss Gosper said.

“We want to make sure the teams are competitive enough to move to a 24-team tournament. We have assumed 20 for 2023 but we could change that between now and 2023.

To read more from Gosper on the Rugby World Cup CLICK HERE

Germany would benefit from an expanded Rugby World Cup

Germany would benefit from an expanded Rugby World Cup

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

CRICKET: England v India, 5th Test, Day 5  14:00 UAE Time beIN Sports 13 HD

FOOTBALL: Spain v Croatia, UEFA Nations League  22:00 UAE Time beIN Sports 2 HD

FOOTBALL: Iceland v Belgium, UEFA Nations League 22:35 UAE Time beIN Sports 4 HD

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Hello, the Sport360 team is here to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket on Monday, as England look to build a big lead on Day 4 of the fifth Test against India.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the day but we want you to get involved too.

Share your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting us @Sport360.

6:21pm – Chandimal to miss Asia Cup

Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been withdrawn from the squad for this month’s Asia Cup due to a finger injury.

Read more here.

3:45pm – Cook brings up century

Alastair Cook has scored a century in his final Test innings, signing off on a storied career which had also begun with a century against India, back in 2006 in Nagpur. Cook brought up the mark as England piled on the runs on Day 4 of the fifth and final Test of the series.

10:30am – England looking to build big lead

England ended day three 154 runs ahead of India despite Ravindra Jadeja’s fighting 84 not out for the visitors.

The hosts had to weather another excellent spell of bowling from India’s quicks, as well as Jadeja himself, after bowling India out for 292.

Alastair Cook, playing his final innings in Test cricket, ended the day unbeaten on 46 alongside captain Joe Root, with England 114/2.

Read the full Day 3 report here.

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