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Alastair Cook secures dream farewell with final Test century

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Alastair Cook fulfilled the wishes of every spectator and England fan by hitting a century in his final Test innings.


The 33-year-old opener, who retires at the end of the fifth Test against India at The Oval, was 46* overnight coming into the fourth day.

With the Kennington crowd affording the former captain a warm ovation at the start of play, Cook proceeded in a typical manner, clipping fours through the leg-side and pushes ones and twos as England briskly built their lead.

Cook ensured a final Test average over 45

Having made 71 in the first innings, he was clearly desperate to sign off with his 33rd Test century in his 291st innings for England.

He finally reached three figures at 12.40 off his 210th ball – an easy single was made into a five by a timely Jasprit Bumrah overthrow – to become the fifth player ever to achieve the feat of making hundreds in his first and final games.

He also passed Kumar Sangakkara’s 12,400-run tally of Test runs to go fifth on the list of all-time leading run-scorers.

There was a superb extended standing ovation from the crowd which had even the famously unflappable Cook visibly emotional at the crease.

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  1. Parth 5 years ago (Edit)

    The sweetest moment of the series.An opener has scored a ton after ages.Fittingly, it is achieved by the best one around playing his last test.As we salute the performer who breaks the century drought of top order batsmen of England this summer, we are bound to feel nostalgic, teary eyed and happy,all at once.Encapsulates life and the player who lived it.FANTABULUOS!Reminds me of Holmes and HIS LAST BOW.

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