Alastair Prepare dinner held agency in his final Take a look at to information England to 68 for one at lunch on the primary day of their sequence finale towards India at The Oval on Friday.
Prepare dinner, England’s all-time document Take a look at run-scorer, was 37 not out — his greatest rating of the sequence — in his closing look earlier than worldwide retirement.
The 33-year-old left-handed opener has struggled for Take a look at runs these days, and got here into this match averaging below 19 for the calendar 12 months.
Prepare dinner, extending his England look document to 161 Exams, was thrust straight into the motion when Joe Root, his successor as England captain, opted to bat first after successful the toss.
England had already received this five-match sequence after a 60-run victory at Southampton, accomplished on Sunday, gave them an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Prepare dinner, who walked out to a guard of honour from the India workforce, was quickly into his stride with two trademark boundaries off successive balls from quick bowler Jasprit Bumrah — a square-cut adopted by a pull.
Keaton Jennings, below strain for his England place, had made simply six when he was hit on the helmet after taking his eye off a brief all from Ishant Sharma.
He however helped fellow left-hander Prepare dinner compile England’s greatest opening stand of the sequence.
However when Jennings had made 23, with England 60 for one, Jennings carelessly turned left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, recalled rather than the unfit Ravichandran Ashwin, straight to KL Rahul at leg-slip.
Moeen Ali, persevering with at quantity three after batting there within the second innings at Southampton so Root might are available his favoured place of quantity 4, was two not out at lunch.