London — Alastair Cook could not have scripted a sweeter end to his long and illustrious Test career — going out on a high with a memorable 147 as a smitten Oval crowd bade farewell. Cook, who scored 71 in the first innings of the fifth Test against India, was dismissed about 40 minutes before tea on Monday as England took an iron grip on the match. England declared on 423/8, setting India 464 for victory, but the tourists lost their first three wickets for two runs with James Anderson removing Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara lbw in his second over. When Stuart Broad removed Indian run machine Virat Kohli for a golden duck India were in disarray. Anderson, 36, needs one more wicket to surpass the 563 of Australia’s Glenn McGrath and become the most successful fast bowler in Test history. However it was Cook’s day and the Indian players applauded as he made his way to the dressingroom for the final time and the crowd rose to their feet in honour of the record-breaking former ski...

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