MSN New Zealand – © Provided by AFP England’s Alastair Cook celebrates reaching his 33rd Test century against India in the fifth Test at the Oval Alastair Cook could not have scripted a sweeter end to his long and illustrious Test career — going out on a high with a memorable 147 as a smitten Oval crowd bade farewell.

Summary

  • © Provided by AFP England’s Alastair Cook celebrates reaching his 33rd Test century against India in the fifth Test at the Oval Alastair Cook could not have scripted a sweeter end to his long and illustrious Test career — going out on a high with a memorable 147 as a smitten Oval crowd bade farewell.
  • Cook, who scored 71 in the first innings of the fifth Test against India, was eventually dismissed about 40 minutes before tea on Monday as England took an iron grip on the match.
  • The opener, who shared a third-wicket stand of 259 with his successor as captain Joe Root, holds a clutch of England records — most England Test appearances (161), most runs (12,472) and most centuries (33).
  • © Provided by AFP England’s Alastair Cook bats on the fourth day of the fifth Test match against India at the Oval In a match that has turned into a long farewell for the Essex opener, peppered with standing ovations, the crowd got what they desperately wanted shortly before lunch when Cook reached three figures in bizarre fashion.
  • The crowd has been on its feet multiple times during the match, aware they are witnessing the final chapter of Cook’s storied England career.


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