England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


White Fern wanting to test herself in men's cricket at odds with Auckland Cricket

It's the predicament of holding one player back to benefit the sport or prioritise individual player development.

That's the situation White Fern Katie Perkins finds herself in with Auckland Cricket.

As the thirty-year-old comes to the tail end of her career she's wanting to do whatever it takes to be the best and she feels there’s only one place she can do that.

"At this stage of my career I want to be the best I can be and the men’s game provides that for me."

The White Ferns batter has been playing in the women's club competition for 15 years and has been trying for many seasons to get full dispensation to compete in the men's grade.

But the transfer is easier said than done.

"Auckland Cricket, to their credit, didn't say blanket no but the constraints they put around it meant it was pretty much a nil opportunity."

Auckland Cricket chief executive Iain Laxon says when there is women premier cricket scheduled, Perkins has to play that competition but when there is no women's premier cricket on a given weekend she is able to play men’s cricket at whatever level.

The ruling works out to be about two weekends in the season.

The situation has put Auckland Cricket, one of the only regions with a women's competition and actively trying to develop the women’s game, in a difficult situation Laxon says.

"From an organisational point of view, how do we get competition as strong as it can be and having Katie as part of that is really crucial of how we build the strength in that competition."

Perkins admits she’s thought about changing regions to join some White Ferns teammates and play in men’s cricket as that is all that is available.

"I have thought about it, going through this process, but I guess I’m a loyal person."


Alastair Cook eyes farewell century, England build lead against India

Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46 in his final test innings as England reached 114-2 at stumps on day three for a 154-run lead over India in the fifth test.

Cook - who will retire from Test cricket at the end of his 161st match - came through a shaky start to maintain his hopes of a farewell century at the Oval. He scored 71 in England's first innings.

England had earlier secured a 40-run first-innings lead after dismissing India for 292. Ravindra Jadeja prevented a far bigger lead with 86 not out after India resumed on 174-6.

After the dismissals of Keaton Jennings (10) and Moeen Ali (20) left England at 62-2, England captain Joe Root played fluidly to reach the close on 29 not out alongside the man he succeeded as skipper.

England holds an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  England batsman Alastair Cook picks up some runs during day one of the fourth Test match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on August 30, 2018 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
England batsman Alastair Cook picks up some runs during day one of the fourth Test match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Source: Getty



Watch: CPL star DJ Bravo snipes stumps for superb runout in Knight Riders' win

The Trinbago Knight Riders have secured a close win over the Barbados Tridents in the CPL this afternoon, defending their total of 180 for a nine run victory.

Kiwis Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum played small roles in the Knight Riders total, posting scores of 28 and 4 respectively.

However, a strong performance from West Indies all-rounder DJ Bravo proved the difference between the two sides.

Bravo entered the Knight Riders' innings late and posted 33 runs off 20 balls, thanks mostly to the three 4s and two 6s he smacked in his time at the crease.

Bravo then helped the cause with an impressive fielding display, claiming the Tridents' top run scorer Nicolas Pooran with a pinpoint throw to secure a runout.

Pooran was dismissed for 44 with the rest of his side not able to get higher than 26.

The win puts Trinbago firmly on top of the CPL standings with their seventh win in eight matches this season - their next closest rival is the Guyana Amazon Warriors four points behind with five wins.

For the Tridents, it brings to an end a tough campaign in which they only secured two wins in ten matches.

Black Caps batsman Martin Guptill didn't feature in the match for the Tridents but will return to New Zealand for a few domestic matches before the Black Caps begin their summer.


Former Black Cap Grant Bradburn leaves Scotland head coach role to join Pakistan

Former Kiwi all rounder turned coach Grant Bradburn is set to face the Black Caps later this year after it was confirmed today he was filling Pakistan's vacant fielding coach role.

Bradburn left his head coaching job with Scotland, a role he's had since 2014, to take up the new position.

"Grant leaves the Scotland team in a very good position to qualify for, and compete strongly in, the next two World T20 finals in 2020 and 2021," Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon said.

"To us, Grant will always be considered a Scot and we wish him the very best of luck and good fortune in his new role as we each move onto a more exciting future."

Bradburn fills the position made vacant by Steve Rixon.

"It is a great honour to be joining the Pakistan cricket team and their high-quality coaching staff," he said in a statement.

"I have seen the progress that has been made under Mickey Arthur and the opportunity to work with a leading Full-Member team on the rise in world cricket, is a real privilege.

"I look forward to adding my experience to the players and staff, while being an integral part of the exciting and dominant team, Team Pakistan is becoming."

Bradburn's first assignment will be at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this month but he'll also have an eye on November when the Black Caps tour the UAE for a series.

The Black Caps will play three T20s, three ODIs and three Tests against Pakistan during the tour.

Bradburn played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for New Zealand between 1990 and 2001.

Scotland coach Grant Bradburn before the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh v Scotland. Saxton Oval, Nelson, New Zealand. Thursday 5 March 2015. Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.co.nz
Grant Bradburn. Source: Photosport