India vs England 5th Test Kennington Oval: Former English captain Alastair Cook hit his 33rd Test century in his farewell Test and joined an elite club featuring Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden and Graeme Smith for most Test hundreds by openers in Tests.
Here is the list of most hundreds by openers in Tests.
33 S Gavaskar
31 Alastair Cook
30 M Hayden
27 Graeme Smith
22 Virender Sehwag/Geoff Boycott
Earlier, Alastair Cook also joined an elite list comprising of greats like Greg Chappell and Mohammed Azharuddin. Cook now becomes the fifth player in Test history to register a century in his first innings and his last Test innings.
Here is the elite list of players who have done it before Cook.
104 | 146 Reggie Duff
110 | 266 Bill Ponsford
108 | 182 Greg Chappell
110 | 102 M Azharuddin
During his innings, he also pipped Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-scorer in Test history and the highest run-getter as a left-hander.
Meanwhile, on the other end, Joe Root reached his 14th Test hundred batting with Cook.
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.