India vs England 5th Test Kennington: Alastair Cook scores his 33rd Test century in his farewell Test to take England to a position of strength in the final Test at Oval. Cook, in his farewell Test, went past former Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara in the all-time highest run-getters list. He is now the highest run-scorer in Tests as a left-hander. The 33-year-old announced his retirement ahead of the final Test, which took his fans by surprise.
Earlier in the first innings, Cook got a brilliant 71 but could not convert it into a three-figure score. This time he left nothing to chance as he played a chanceless knock to hit a ton in his farewell Test.
Meanwhile, Alastair Cook becomes only the second Test player in the world to score a fifty in his debut Test innings and his last innings. It was a trademark tuck off his hips to reach his 58th Test century. Cook now joins former South African cricketer Bruce Mitchell to this feat. Cook had hit a century in his first Test against India and now in his final Test, he scored a brilliant 71 in the first innings and his unbeaten on 50+ in the second innings.
Not just that, he is now the sixth Englishman to score half-centuries in both the innings of their last Test.
At the time of filing the copy, England was 230/2 with a lead of 270.