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Cook clocks up a century in farewell Test innings

Cook hits century in final Test innings

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The England opener marked his final Test with a century against India at the Oval on Monday, bringing down the curtain on a distinguished career.

England opener Alastair Cook brought the house down at the Oval on Monday by hitting a century in his final Test against India.

It was announced last week that Cook would retire from international duty at the conclusion of the series, prompting an outpouring of tributes and messages of support for the popular left-hander.

Cook scored an unbeaten 104 on his Test debut in India in 2006 and brought down the curtain on his extinguished career in similar fashion, reaching three figures in 210 balls in unorthodox fashion.

On 96, Cook dabbed Ravindra Jadeja for a single but was able to celebrate his landmark as Jasprit Bumrah hurled the ball to the boundary for overthrows.

The Essex batsman climbed the all-time Test runs list on his way to his 33rd century, moving into fifth beyond Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who finished with 12,400.

Cook was eventually dismissed for 147 when he edged Hanuma Vihari to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. The The 33-year-old thusly ended his England career on 12,472 runs from 291 innings.

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