• Bairstow back behind the wickets

    England named an unchanged XI for the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval in London, which will start on Friday.

    Batsman Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes had been recalled to the squad, but have been deemed surplus to requirement for the playing XI.

    Opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been retained, despite a poor stretch of form. Jennings averages less than 23 after 11 Tests.

    The talented Jonny Bairstow will play as wicketkeeper-batsman, having recovered from a finger injury sustained during the third Test – and limited-overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will play as a specialist batsman.

    The Test will be the veteran Alastair Cook’s 161st and last. The former captain will retire from international cricket at the end of this series. Cook averages more than 44 after 289 innings, but hasn’t reached 30 in the last seven.

    ‘No, I’m retiring and that’s it. It is final,’ reiterated Cook on Thursday.

    ‘I have done my bit. If I had six months off and then came back, I don’t think that edge would be there. It has kind of gone. When you know it’s time to retire, you know.

    ‘There is going to be a transition, a period, of course there is. There are going to be times when you get that mourning and stuff like that, and that transition has to take place and you accept it, whether that is today or in two years.’

    The hosts boast an unassailable 3-1 series lead, having won at Lord’s, Edgbaston and Southampton. They lost at Trent Bridge.

    Team: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.

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