• Woakes, Pope back for England

    All-rounder Chris Woakes and batsman Ollie Pope have returned to England’s squad, ahead of the fifth and final Test against India.

    The final fixture of the five-match series will start at The Oval in London on Friday.

    Woakes missed the fourth Test due to injury, while Pope was overlooked, as all-rounder Moeen Ali was recalled.

    The Test will be former captain and veteran opener Alastair Cook’s last. The 33-year-old will retire from international competition later this month.

    ‘After much thought and deliberation over the last few months. I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,’ Cook said in a statement.

    ‘Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.

    ‘I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.’

    The hosts sport an unassailable 3-1 series lead, after victories at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Southampton. They lost at Trent Bridge.

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