Shanghai Daily – ALASTAIR Cook marked his 291st and final test innings in fairytale fashion with a memorable century as England built a 404-run lead over India at tea on the fourth day of the fifth test yesterday.

Summary

  • ALASTAIR Cook marked his 291st and final test innings in fairytale fashion with a memorable century as England built a 404-run lead over India at tea on the fourth day of the fifth test yesterday.
  • England’s most-capped test player and record run-scorer began the day 46 not out and rolled back the years as he cruised to a 33rd test century before lunch at The Oval.
  • It was a welcome return to form for Root who had gone a year without a test century and eight innings without a half century.
  • England took an unassailable 3-1 lead against the top-ranked test nation with victory in Southampton so the series climax became the Alastair Cook show following his decision to call time on his 12-year international career.
  • Tickets for Cook’s final bow in his 161st test match were being snapped up outside the historic south London ground yesterday.


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