London – Captain of England Joe Root won the draw and chose
beat in the fifth and last Test against India in The Oval on Friday.
That meant that Alastair Cook, in what was the opening hitter
The appearance of the 161st and final test before its international withdrawal, would be
directly to action.
The former England captain, Cook, is the top scorer of the England event,
received a commemorative cap from Andrew Strauss, his predecessor
Test the pattern, before the game starts.
Colin Graves, president of the Cricket Board of England and Wales, and
Strauss, his former opening partner oversaw the presentation ceremony.
Strauss, director of the ECB, addressed the England team before
gave Cook a limit of 161 to mark the final international match of the
Essex left-handed of 33 years of international career of 12 years.
England had announced on Thursday that they would not change in
side staff that won by 60 races in Southampton on Monday to take a
The impregnable advantage of 3-1 in this series of five games.
But they also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow would resume
as a wicket-keeper for this match after breaking a finger behind the stumps
during the third Test in Trent Bridge.
India, the side of the best ranked race in the world, made two changes,
with Ravindra Jadeja replacing the unfit runner Ravichandran Ashwin and
The first-order hitter Hanuma Vihari made a debut in the test after the tourists fell
Hardik Pandya off-road.
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wkt) , Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wkt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Referees: Joel Wilson (WIS), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
Referee TV: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)