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Daily Digest: A fairy tale ending for Alastair Cook in his final Test innings

We bring you a wrap of our top stories on Tuesday

Alex Broun 2018/09/11

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TOP STORY

Alastair Cook delighted The Oval crowd with a fairytale century in his final Test innings for England on a remarkable day of stellar career landmarks.

Cook’s 33rd Test hundred, replete with nine standing ovations from the 19,300 enticed to witness his historic last hurrah, preceded a late bid for a share of the glory from his fellow England record-breaker James Anderson.

After Cook (147) and Joe Root (125) helped England pile up 423 for eight declared on day four of the fifth Specsavers Test, and Anderson then equalled Glenn McGrath’s all-time world record of 563 wickets for any pace bowler. The upshot was a near hopeless position for India.

Thanks to Anderson, and Stuart Broad, the tourists lurched to two for three before recovering to 58 without further loss in notional pursuit of 464 for victory.

This was billed as an occasion all about Cook – unbeaten on 46 at the start of play, while for good measure his wife Alice reached her due date to give birth to their third child.

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FOOTBALL

It was a busy night in the UEFA Nation’s League.

No Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal, no worries – as they edged out Italy 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to a goal by Andre Silva.

In the most extraordinary match of the evening Turkey came from two goals down to beat World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden 3-2.

In other matches Scotland beat Albania 2-0, thanks to a goal from Steven Naismith and an own goal from Berat Xhimshiti and Serbia and Romania played out a 2-2 draw.

For Matt Jones expert player ratings from Portugal v Italy CLICK HERE.

To catch up with all the UEFA Nations League action CLICK HERE

CRICKET

 

All the focus yesterday was on the Master Chef but there was also some cricket action in Dubai – off the field at least.

Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has signed up as one of the Icon players for the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Snixer Sports held the APL T20 player draft in Dubai on Monday. A total of five teams representing as many regions of Afghanistan – Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh – will take part in the tournament.

To find out what happened at the APL draft CLICK HERE

Shahid Afridi.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Rugby World Cup expansion is a question of when rather than if, says World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup could be the final edition of the tournament that is contested by 20 teams with organisers intent on expansion.

It may be as early as France 2023 that an additional four nations are represented, although the ensuing competition four years later is more likely as World Rugby look to increase the reach of the game.

Hong Kong, Germany, Kenya and the Cook Islands are among the sides who might benefit from any enlargement, but chief executive Brett Gosper is aware of an important balance that must be struck.

“We’re always looking from an expansive point of view rather than reducing so it’s just a question of when rather than if,” World Rugby boss Gosper said.

“We want to make sure the teams are competitive enough to move to a 24-team tournament. We have assumed 20 for 2023 but we could change that between now and 2023.

 

To read more from Gosper on the Rugby World Cup CLICK HERE

Germany would benefit from an expanded Rugby World Cup

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

CRICKET: England v India, 5th Test, Day 5  14:00 UAE Time beIN Sports 13 HD

FOOTBALL: Spain v Croatia, UEFA Nations League  22:00 UAE Time beIN Sports 2 HD

FOOTBALL: Iceland v Belgium, UEFA Nations League 22:35 UAE Time beIN Sports 4 HD

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