Alastair Cook

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India’s Karun Nair raises his bat after scoring three hundred runs against England during their fourth day of the fifth cricket test match in Chennai, India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal/AP

England 477, 12-0; India 759-7d There was not much demob-happiness on view. The Englishmen were still out there in the midday sun, the mid-afternoo(...)

Indian opening batsman reacts after his dismissal for 199 in the 5th Test against England at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

5th Test, Stumps Day 3: England 477 lead India 391-4 by 86 runs What a lovely day to be the third umpire. This occupation has been described by one w(...)

India celebrate their resounding fourth test win over England. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

The end was swift and ugly. Within 30 minutes England had lost their last four wickets and India had won by an innings and 36 runs, an almighty thrash(...)

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, left, celebrates a double century on the fourth day of the fourth Test in Mumbai, India. Photograph:  Rafiq Maqbool/AP

The end is nigh unless miracles happen on Mondays in Mumbai for England. They still trail India by 49 runs and they have just four wickets remainin(...)

Keaton Jennings scored a century on his England Test debut in Mumbai. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Saddiqui

Fourth Test day one, stumps: England 288/5 Alastair Cook has spent four years waiting for a decent opening partner and then all of a sudden two of th(...)

Joe Root and Alistair Cook after England’s heavy second Test defeat in Vizag. Photograph: Reuters/Danis Siddiqui

So often it is the hope that gnaws away at you. During that three-hour opening partnership between Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed on Sunday night hop(...)

Alistair Cook’s stoic resistance was ended on the final ball of the fourth day in Vizag. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

The last ball of the day swung the pendulum a long way. Alastair Cook, after 59 overs of diligent self-denial pushed across the line against Ravindra (...)

Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 151 put India firmly in control after the first day of the second Test against England. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

India 317-4 (India won the toss and chose to bat) The engine started coughing in mid-afternoon and there was no nice man in a van to come to the resc(...)

India’s captain, Virat Kohli, on the right, shakes hands with his English counterpart, Alastair Cook, after the end of the last day’s play at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

in Rajkot Lengthening shadows, a cage of catchers around the batsman, the ball fizzing off the five-day-old strip of baked earth and the tantalising (...)

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test match century gave England an outside chance of victory against India in Rajkot. Photograph: Reuters/Amit Dave

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test hundred helped pile the pressure on as India had to hang on against England’s spinners to salvage a draw in the hard-fought (...)

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