MSN UK – Joe Root believes one last century from Alastair Cook at the Oval this week could be “written in the stars” as England look to send their former captain into Test retirement with a victory fitting of his record-breaking international career.

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  • Joe Root believes one last century from Alastair Cook at the Oval this week could be “written in the stars” as England look to send their former captain into Test retirement with a victory fitting of his record-breaking international career.
  • On a day when Cook offered a fresh take on the controversial sacking of Kevin Pietersen in 2014 – insisting he wanted the star batsman stood down for a spell, rather than exiled permanently – Root issued a rallying cry to his players before the fifth Test against India.
  • Download the all-new Microsoft News app – available now on iOS and AndroidAsked if the expected celebration of Cook’s 12-year career – one that began on debut in Nagpur with the first of his 32 Test centuries in the second innings – could prove a distraction, Root replied: “No I don’t think so.
  • Cook’s time will doubtless be remembered for his national record of more than 12,000 Test runs, feats of epic endurance in the middle and a key role in the historic away victories against Australia in 2010-11 and India the following winter when captain.
  • In an interview with Test Match Special, due to be broadcast during lunch on day one of the fifth Test on Friday, Cook explained that while he was central to the original decision, his view was that the batsman should simply be left out for a spell; Paul Downton, then the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was in fact the one seeking permanent exclusion.


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