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11:30pm – Sunil Gavaskar hits out at Indian team management for leaving out Karun Nair

India’s former batsman Sunil Gavaskar didn’t hold back after criticising the Indian team management for leaving out Karun Nair of their starting 11 for the final Test against England. Read more here.

8:30pm – Joe Root surprised by Alastair Cook’s retirement decision

The England captain admitted he was taken by surprise when Alastair Cook informed him that he will retire. Watch what he said here.

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8:00pm – There’s no reason to panic for UAE after missing out on Asia Cup qualification

Following their loss to Hong Kong in the Asia Cup Qualifier final on Thursday, there’s still plenty of positives to take for the UAE. Read more here.

UAE missed out on qualification to the Asia Cup

UAE missed out on qualification to the Asia Cup

7:15pm – Grant Bradburn joins Pakistan as fielding coach

Pakistan have found themselves a new fielding coach with Grant Bradburn leaving his post as Scotland head coach to join Mickey Arthur’s team. Read more on this story here.

The former Scotland has signed a three-year deal with Pakistan.

The former Scotland has signed a three-year deal with Pakistan.

6:45pm – Ricky Ponting set to miss Pakistan series in UAE after suffering injury during commercial shoot

The former Australian captain is doubt to take up his T20 coaching role with the national team for the Pakistan series after sustaining an achilles injury while kicking a ball during a commercial shoot. Read more on this story here.

Ponting injured himself while shooting a commercial.

Ponting injured himself while shooting a commercial.

6:30pm – AB de Villiers set to play in PSL

The South African star confirmed he will feature in the Pakistan Super League. He will play in the fourth edition following his international retirement, which will be held in February and March 2019. Read more on that story here.

ABD is set for his maiden participation in the PSL.

ABD is set for his maiden participation in the PSL.

4.15pm – Alastair Cook nears 50 in his farewell Test against India at The Oval

England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Friday, and by lunch the hosts had reached 68 for one with Alastair Cook, in his 161st and final Test appearance before his international retirement, not out on 37.

The only batsman to fall was Keaton Jennings who fought hard for 23 off 75 balls before turning Ravindra Jadeja in to the hands of KL Rahul at leg slip.

Follow the LIVE SCORES HERE.

Alastair Cook is working his way towards a half century at The Oval

Alastair Cook is working his way towards a half century at The Oval

1.45pm – England win toss and bat against India in fifth Test at The Oval

England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Friday.

That meant Alastair Cook, in what was the opening batsman’s 161st and final Test appearance before his international retirement, would be straight into the action.

Former England captain Cook, England’s record Test run-scorer, was presented with a commemorative cap by Andrew Strauss, his predecessor as Test skipper, before play started.

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves and Strauss, his former opening partner oversaw the presentation ceremony.

ECB director Strauss addressed the England team before handing Cook a cap numbered 161 to mark the final international match of the 33-year-old Essex left-hander’s 12-year international career.

England had announced on Thursday they would be unchanged in personnel from the side that won by 60 runs at Southampton on Monday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in this five-match series.

But they had also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow would resume as wicket-keeper for this match after breaking a finger behind the stumps during the third Test at Trent Bridge.

India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, made two changes, with Ravindra Jadeja replacing unfit fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari given a Test debut after the tourists dropped all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

To follow the ball-by-ball scores CLICK HERE

Alastair Cook is given a guard of honour as he walks out to bat in the Fifth Test

Alastair Cook is given a guard of honour as he walks out to bat in the Fifth Test

10:30am – Alastair Cook hopes time heals rift with former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen

Alastair Cook still hopes time can heal his rift with Kevin Pietersen – even though they have never spoken since the day the mercurial batsman was ditched by England four years ago.

Cook, about to call time on his own record-breaking career after his 161st Test at the Oval this week, admits the breakdown of relations between Pietersen and England went on to have a detrimental effect on his own batting.

Cook was captain in 2014 when Pietersen was sacked after a miserably unsuccessful and acrimonious Ashes winter.

To read more CLICK HERE.

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen.

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen.

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Watch: Joe Root was surprised by Alastair Cook's retirement decision

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England captain Joe Root said he was surprised by Alastair Cook’s decision to retire after The Oval Test against India.

However, Root said that since the veteran opener has already made up his decision, there was no point trying to change his mind.

“I was a little bit surprised but he was adamant in his decision. You could see in his face that this is what he wanted. There was no point in me trying to talk him round,” Root said.

Cook was presented with a commemorative cap by Andrew Strauss and Colin Graves before his final Test. He made 71 in the first innings on Friday.

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Joe Root hopes England give Alastair Cook the perfect farewell

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The Oval Test will be the last of Alastair Cook's career.

Joe Root hopes destiny has a farewell Test century in store at The Oval for the “most down-to-earth superstar” Alastair Cook.

Root, who took over as England captain from Cook last year, spoke of his sadness when the all-time national record runscorer took him aside last week to explain his 161st Test will be his last.

England subsequently sealed the Specsavers series with a 60-run success to go 3-1 up with one to play, and Root is hoping the stage is set for both Cook and his team to deliver the perfect send-off.

Root confirms the veteran opener is not the type to lap up the fuss, but reasons it will be entirely appropriate on an occasion such as this – and a 33rd Test century to match his age would not go amiss either for a batsman who began his “fabulous career” with a hundred on debut in 2006.

“It would be nice to start and finish with a century – you never know, it might be written in the stars,” he said.

“He doesn’t want too much fuss – but if ever there was a time for it, it is now.

“It means a lot to the whole dressing room, and they will be desperate to do everything they can to give him a great send-off, that means making sure we win this game.

“It’s an extra incentive for us as a group and would be a fitting way to finish a fabulous career. He just deserves a fantastic week, and I hope we can deliver that for him.”

Root feels a particular personal debt of gratitude.

“He’s been a huge influence on me,” he added. “As a role model, there aren’t many people who go about things in a better way.

“He’s the most down-to-earth superstar you’ll ever see. He’s always got time for everyone.

“That’s a great quality to have in any walk of life, never mind a high-pressure environment like international cricket.

“I’ll miss him being around – not just for his runs and what he adds to the team but as a person as well.”

Cook singled out his captain as confidant about his impending retirement before the fourth Test.

Asked what his reaction was then, Root paused noticeably before saying: “Sad. It’s been an outstanding career – 12 years at the top of the order.

“There’s not many openers around the world who can match that, never mind English players.”

He added on BBC Test Match Special: “The way he conducts himself in the dressing room, to every single person, the respect he has for the game, for all of his team-mates and the opposition, it is what everyone aspires to. You’ll never see someone of his stature again in the game.”

Root had one other significant matter to address at his pre-match press conference – the unexpected decision to hand England’s Test wicketkeeping gloves back to Jonny Bairstow, recovered from the broken finger which meant Jos Buttler did the job instead last week.

Root insists there are “no issues or problems at all” between his fellow Yorkshireman and Lancashire rival.

“Jonny has had the gloves for a long time and done exceptionally well for a good period of that,” he said.

“I think he deserves the opportunity to keep wicket in Test cricket. I also think Jos has done exactly the same in white-ball cricket, why mess with something that has worked so well for so long?”

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