India vs England 5th Test Day 4 Kennington Oval: Throughout his career, Alastair Cook was known for his unconquerable grit and gumption, he put all that on exhibition once again for his millions of fans in his last Test innings in England shirt against India at the Oval. The veteran opener batted with all-too-familiar obduracy to smash a record hundred in his final appearance for England as he smashed 33rd Test hundred in cricket’s purest format. His knock powered England to a commanding position in the fifth and final Test. With yet another brilliant knock, Cook perfectly scripted the climax for his last swansong befitting a distinguished career in whites. Also Read - Virat Kohli Credits Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri For Helping Him to Become Top Test Batsman
Virat Kohli and Co. gave Cook a well-respected ‘guard of honour’ at the time of his dismissal when England’s highest-ever run-getter (in Test cricket) took a long walk back to the pavilion at the iconic Oval. He scored 147 before falling prey to Hanuma Vihari. Also Read - India vs West Indies 2018, 1st Test at Rajkot: I Was Ready For Debut Even in England, Says Prithvi Shaw
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Cook was unbeaten on 46 runs in his last international innings as England reached 114 for 2 at stumps on day three at the Oval.
At end of play on the day 3, Cook had put on 52 runs for the third wicket with skipper Joe Root (29) as England took a 154-run lead. Post-tea, Cook and Keaton Jennings (10) extended their opening partnership to 27. It wasn’t a frustrating stand yet, but it became quickly so for India as they wasted both reviews on the openers within three overs after the break.
The left-handed batsman has amassed 12,254 Test runs and 32 Test centuries from 160 Tests he has played before the Oval Test against India. His final Test at The Oval is his 159th consecutive appearance in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket.
On Monday, Cook announced that England’s fifth Test against India that starts on September 7 at The Oval will be his last. “After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” Cook said. “Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank,” he added.
At the time of filing the copy, England is 322/4. England has a lead of 362 runs.