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10:00pm – India’s Mohammed Siraj continues impressive red-ball run

India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has been in sensational form with the red ball this season. He has consistently been among the top wicket-takers in the domestic circuit and also in international matches with the ‘A’ team. The Hyderabad pacer is quickly gaining a reputation as a long-term Test prospect and he strengthened that belief with another super effort against Australia ‘A’.

Read more on Siraj’s latest performance against Australia ‘A’ here.

Siraj picked up 8-59 in the first unofficial Test at Bengaluru.

Siraj picked up 8-59 in the first unofficial Test at Bengaluru.

9:00pm – Alastair Cook tributes keep pouring in

Former and current players including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar have all paid their tributes to Alastair Cook after the England opener announced his intentions to retire from international cricket.

As the opening batsman gets ready to wind down his England career, we have compiled a list of five career options he could take to following his retirement. The left-hander’s time with England has coincided with some of the best Test players produced by the country. Find out who makes the cut in England’s best Test XI in the Alastair Cook era here.

Cook has had some illustrious teammates over the years.

Cook has had some illustrious teammates over the years.

8:00pm – Virat Kohli frustrated with India’s inability to finish the job

Virat Kohli lauded the intensity shown by his men in the fourth Test against England at Southampton but the India skipper believes it is imperative for his side to learn the art of finishing the job.

Read what the India skipper had to say about his side’s overseas woes here. To watch the video, click here.

Kohli's men were unable to salvage the series against England.

Kohli’s men were unable to salvage the series against England.

7:00pm – Hasan Ali beats Virat Kohli’s fitness score

Pakistan players underwent fitness tests during their ongoing training camp in Lahore and according to reports, 17 out of the 18 members passed the Yo-Yo test.

Apparently, fast bowler Hasan Ali had the highest score of 20 which makes him one of the fittest cricketers not only in the subcontinent but also world cricket.

Read how the Pakistan pacer’s scores compare to that of Virat Kohli here.

Acing the Yo-Yo Test: Hasan Ali.

Acing the Yo-Yo Test: Hasan Ali.

6:00pm – Mentor Graham Gooch pays glowing tribute to Alastair Cook

Graham Gooch has paid tribute to Alastair Cook as “the rock of England‘s batting” and a “great person as well as a great cricketer”.

Cook, who has announced his impending international retirement after this week’s Oval Test, was Gooch’s protege who went on to far surpass even his revered mentor’s record run-making achievements.

Read what Gooch had to say on his protege here.

Gooch has played a vital role in shaping Cook's career.

Gooch has played a vital role in shaping Cook’s career.

5:00pm – Pakistan’s Imad Wasim fails Yo-Yo Test

Pakistan left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim failed to pass the fitness test on Monday and will give another attempt on Tuesday, according to reports from Pakistan.

Read more on this developing story here.

Another Yo-Yo fitness test beckons for Imad Wasim.

Another Yo-Yo fitness test beckons for Imad Wasim.

3:00pm- Alastair Cook to retire after Test series against India

England’s all-time record run-scorer Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after this week’s Oval Test.

Cook, who has made 12,254 runs in a 160-Test career over the past 12 years, issued a statement on Monday confirming the news.

Read more on it here.

Time to call it a day: Alastair Cook.

Time to call it a day: Alastair Cook.

1:00pm – Virat Kohli leads run-scoring charts in England-India series

Sports360’s Stuart Appleby takes a look at some of the numbers from the four Tests so far between England and India. India skipper Virat Kohli is currently leading the run-scoring charts in the series with 544 runs in eight innings at an average of 68.

Read more on those stats more here.

Virat Kohli has scored 544 runs so far in the series.

Virat Kohli has scored 544 runs so far in the series.

11:00am – UAE becoming the centre of the cricketing universe

The UAE is set to become the centre of the cricket universe over the next six months with five different T20 tournaments, a T10 tournament, the Asia Cup and the Australia-Pakistan series taking over cricket pitches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Read about the jam-packed cricket schedule in the UAE here.

Luke Ronchi batting for the Punjabi Legends in last year's T10 League.

Luke Ronchi batting for the Punjabi Legends in last year’s T10 League.

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Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann among greatest England Test XI in Alastair Cook era

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Cook has had some illustrious teammates over the years.

An illustrious international career which has spanned more than 12 overs years is about to come to an end with Alastair Cook set to bid goodbye to England colours following the completion of the final Test against India.

England’s all-time record run-scorer has endured criticism for his patchy form over the past two years but there is no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest openers to have played the game.

Over his 12-year international career spanning 160 Tests, Cook has played with some equally illustrious team-mates.

Here, we look at the best England Test XI the 33-year-old has played with during his international career.

ANDREW STRAUSS

Cook’s partnership with Strauss at the top is something England have struggled to replicate ever since the latter’s retirement in 2012. The opening pair became only the fourth in history to complete 100 innings together in Test cricket during England’s away series against Pakistan in 2012.

ALASTAIR COOK

Of course Cook features in the list himself given his contributions to English cricket. With 32 tons and over 12,000 runs to his name after 160 Tests, there aren’t many openers in the history of the game who have stayed at the top for so long as Cook.

England have still not been able to replicate the Cook-Strauss pairing.

England have still not been able to replicate the Cook-Strauss pairing.

IAN BELL

With 118 Tests under his belt, Ian Bell was for long a stalwart in the Cook-led England side. The technically sound batsman was the hero of England’s Ashes victory over Australia in 2013 registering centuries in each of his side’s three wins. He also played a big role in England’s first overseas Test victory over India since 1984-85.

JOE ROOT

Cook’s successor as England captain could be the man who overhauls his run tally by the time he hangs up his boots. The England Test skipper recently breached the 6,000-run mark in Test cricket, taking 127 innings to get there compared to the 131 taken by Cook himself. He is Cook’s successor in more ways than one and is set to be the bedrock of England’s batting for some time to come.

KEVIN PIETERSEN

Controversial though he might be, there is no doubt that Kevin Pietersen is one of the best middle-order batsmen to put on the England whites. He registered 23 Test tons over the course of his career but perhaps none was as important as his first-ever Ashes ton at the Oval in 2005 which sealed the return of the urn to England after a gap of 17 years.

ANDREW FLINTOFF

The man for the big occasion, they don’t quite make them like Freddie anymore. The England all-rounder’s numbers with both bat and ball are nothing out of the ordinary but he had that rare ability to lift the spirits of the entire team. His most lasting contribution to English cricket came in the 2005 Ashes series win.

Flintoff was England's catalyst for many famous wins.

Flintoff starred in many famous England wins.

MATT PRIOR

With a Test batting average of over 40 after 79 matches, Prior was another vital cog in England’s rise to the top of the Test rankings. A no nonsense batsman, Prior was England’s chirpy cheerleader from behind the stumps. His solid contributions with both bat and gloves saw him awarded England’s cricketer of the year award in 2013.

GRAEME SWANN

It is hard to believe that a man who made his Test debut at the age of 28 would go down as one of England’s greatest spinners but that is exactly what Swann achieved. He retired five years later but by then he had picked up 255 wickets in just 60 Tests. During that prolific five-year spell, the off-spinner was the highest wicket-taker among all active bowlers in Test cricket.

JAMES ANDERSON

The veteran will probably feature in any England Test XI or World XI for that matter. With 559 Test wickets to his name, Anderson is currently on the verge of overtaking Glenn McGrath as the all-time leading wicket-taker among pacers. For long, he was Cook’s trusted lieutenant with the new ball and it is testament to Anderson’s longevity that he has been able to outlast his former skipper in the Test arena.

STUART BROAD

If Anderson has been one half of the pace attack which has accompanied Cook and England’s rise to the top, Broad is the other. The 32-year-old has gone past 400 Test wickets already and his new-ball partnership with Anderson remains one of the most prolific in the history of the game.

Anderson and Broad were Cook's trusted new-ball pairing for long.

Anderson and Broad were Cook’s trusted new-ball pairing for long.

STEVE HARMISON

The Ashington-born pacer blew hot and cold but when on song, he was one of the most difficult bowlers to face up given the pace and bounce he generated. His most important contribution in England colours came in the 2005 Ashes series at Edgbaston where his wicket to dismiss Michael Kasprowicz sealed a thrilling two-run win to level the series.

His inconsistencies aside, Harmison’s 226 scalps in 63 Tests is enough to warrant his selection as the designated third seamer in the playing XI.

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Singing, farming and other options for Alastair Cook post retirement

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Cook will retire from international cricket after the series against India.

Former England captain Alastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 33-year-old will call time on his Test career after the final match of the current series against India, which starts at The Oval on Friday.

Here Press Association Sport looks at some of the left-hander’s options once his 12-year England career comes to an end.

COUNTY CRICKET

Cook’s increased availability last summer was a key component in Essex claiming a first County Championship title for 25 years in 2017. The opener made seven appearances for the Chelmsford outfit, hitting 667 runs at an average of 66.7 and notching up three centuries to set Chris Silverwood’s side on their way to success. Cook’s Essex appearances have been few and far between over the last decade due to England commitments, and he may relish the prospect of a full season on the county circuit.

Cook could focus his attentions on Essex in county cricket.

Cook could focus his attentions on Essex in county cricket.

NON-PLAYING CRICKET ROLES

Cook worked closely with former Essex and England opener Graham Gooch early in his career, and could follow his mentor into coaching. Cook’s former opening partner Andrew Strauss is now the England and Wales Cricket Board’s director of cricket, and could presumably find a more administrative role in his set-up for Cook should he decide against a future as a coach.

An administrative role could appeal to Cook.

An administrative role could appeal to Cook.

FARMING

Cook once appeared on BBC One‘s Countryfile to discuss his love of farming, and he regularly works on a farm near Leighton Buzzard to escape the pressures of cricket, saying in 2016: “I think farming does help my cricket in the way that I’m not lying on my sofa thinking ‘what’s my technique doing here?'”

Cook has previously confessed his love for farming.

Cook has previously confessed his love for farming.

MEDIA

Cook has always appeared at ease in front of the cameras, even during some of his more difficult moments at England captain, and could follow other former skippers Mike Atherton, David Gower, Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussein and Michael Vaughan in choosing to move into broadcasting.

Cook could follow in Mike Atherton's footsteps.

Cook could follow in Mike Atherton’s footsteps.

MUSIC CAREER

Cook sang in the St Paul’s Cathederal boarding school choir as a child and even performed in front of the Queen. He also played clarinet in the school orchestra, and could follow in the footsteps of former England batsman Mark Butcher, who released an album in 2010.

Cook has previously performed in front of the queen.

Cook has previously performed in front of the queen.

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