• Jagger pledges big cash for tons, five-fors

    Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger will donate £20,000 (R400,000) to charity Chance to Shine, for each England or India century or five-wicket haul during the fifth and final Test at The Oval in London.

    His pledge also includes £10,000 (R200,000) for every half-century or three-wicket haul.

    ‘I follow England – the game in general, in fact – from wherever I am in the world and thought this would be a fun way to make some money for Chance to Shine,’ said Jagger.

    ‘It’s been an exciting series that has got people talking cricket so let’s reflect that; with every inspiring performance comes a new fan and the younger those fans are, the better it is for cricket’s future.

    ‘No pressure on either Joe Root’s guys or Virat Kohli’s, though, the bigger they go at The Oval, the better.’

    The opening four matches yielded five centuries and as many five-fors. Kohli has scored two tons, and teammate Cheteshwar Pujara and England’s Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler one each.

    Seamers James Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma – and spinner Moeen Ali – all have five-wicket hauls.

    The fifth Test will start at The Oval in London on Friday. The hosts have an unassailable 3-1 series lead, after victories at Lord’s, Edgbaston and Southampton. They lost at Trent Bridge.

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