Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last Test

first_imgAlastair Cook scored his 33rd Test hundred on Monday in the fifth Test against India at The Oval to became the fifth player in the history to score a century on debut and in the last Test match.Before Cook, Greg Chappell, Reggie Duff, Mohammad Azharuddin and William Ponsford scored a century in the their debut and final Test matches.Australia’s Reggie Duff was the first one to achieve the feat in 1905. He scored 104 against England on his debut and a 146 against the same opposition at the Oval in his last Test match. Australia’s c was the second one to do so. He scored 110 against England in Sydney and 266 in his last Test against the Three Lions at The Oval.India vs England 5th Test Day 4: Live ScoreChappel scored 108 against England at Perth in his first Test and signed off with a 182 against Pakistan in Sydney while Azharuddin was the last one to do so before Cook, when he signed off with a 102 against South Africa in Bengaluru. He had scored 110 in Kolkata against England on his debut. Alastair Cook scored a century in the second innings of his debut Test in Nagpur (Reuters Photo)Cook much like the first two, achieved the feat against the same opposition. He started off his career with a 106 against India in Nagpur in the second innings after an impressive 60 in the first innings. Cook’s unbeaten knock of 104 from 243 balls in the second batting against the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in tricky conditions was the beginning of a highly successful run.Also read – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell TestadvertisementHe scored 19 runs from two innings in the second Test and missed the third because of a stomach infection. But after that, Cook represented England in 159 straight Test matches — the most in the history of the sport.Cook has been out of form over the past two years but his retirement still came as a shock to many as he is only 33 and the decision would aggravate England’s opening issues. But he got over all that and as he came out to bat in his last Test match, he showed immense class and determination — a classic Cook for the watchers.Also read – Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirementA batsman so out of form in the last four matches, suddenly looked so sure and confident. There was no stopping Cook it seemed and he went on and on in his classic way. Batting on 71 off 189 balls in the first innings, Cook was all set for his 33rd Test ton but a little lapse in concentration saw him drag the ball onto his stumps from a Jasprit Bumrah delivery. Alastair Cook went past Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest scorer in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)In the second innings, he picked up right where he left off. Cook never looked like a man troubled or someone, who has struggled throughout the series. The man knew where his off-stump was and played the Indian seamers with ease in the fading sunlight and saw his team off to the day’s play being unbeaten on 46.The following day, he came out and reached his 58th Test fifty and saw off the important first session of the fourth day. He kept the scorecard ticking and finally went past Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-scorer in Test cricket. And, that was not it. He then went on and reached the three-figure mark…his 33rd time in Tests with a single as the throw went for a four off the bowling off Jadeja in the 70th over to leave his mark for one last time.The moment Alastair Cook reached his 33rd Test century in his last innings!Scorecard/Videos: #EngvInd Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2018The landmark drew tears of joy from the man himself and a standing ovation from The Oval crowd, that perhaps were feeling sad to see one of their best walk away if not the best.Cook will finish as the fifth highest run-getter behind Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Ricky Ponting (13378), Jacques Kallis (13289) and Rahul Dravid (13288) in Test cricket. He surpassed Sangakkara, who had 12400 runs in whites for Sri Lanka.last_img

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