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Cook goes out on a high
September 11, 2018
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Alastair Cook could not have scripted a sweeter end to his long and illustrious Test career -- going out on a high with a memorable 147 as a smitten Oval crowd bade farewell.

Cook, who scored 71 in the first innings of the fifth Test against India, was eventually dismissed about 40 minutes before tea on Monday as England took an iron grip on the match.

The Indian players applauded as he made his way back to the dressing room for the final time and the crowd once again rose to their feet in honour of the record-breaking former skipper.

Cook acknowledged the prolonged applause, turning one last time to soak up the atmosphere before disappearing from sight.

The opener, who shared a third-wicket stand of 259 with his successor as captain Joe Root, holds a clutch of England records -- most England Test appearances (161), most runs (12,472) and most centuries (33).

Following a disappointing year, Cook’s late flurry has left him with an impressive career average of 45.35.

For good measure, he leapfrogged Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to fifth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers, becoming the most prolific left-hander in history.

The batsman, 33, who scored a hundred on his Test debut, has scored over 3,500 runs more than the next Englishmen on the all-time list, his mentor Graham Gooch.

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