Alastair Cook marked a brilliant century of testing to become the fifth player and first Englishman to score one hundred in his first and last Test on the Oval on Monday. The former England captain, who left for 147, is the top scorer of the all-time test in England. Cook reached his century when an overthrow of Jasprit Bumrah that went to the limit gave him a five after he had already completed a solo on the fourth day of the fifth and final Test. Along with Joe Root, his successor as captain of England, Cook shared a third-place wicket of 259.
But a ball after Root was ruled out by 125, Cook was trapped behind the top of Hanuma Vihari to leave England in a solid position.
Cook, 33, batted for almost six and a half hours, facing 286 balls and batting 14 fours.
The Essex starter, who withdrew from international cricket after his match, was the first batter since Indian Mohammad Azharuddin in 2000 scored hundreds in his first and last match of the test.
List all hitters who have scored hundreds in their first and last Test:
Reggie Duff (Australia)
Test debut: Australia vs England, Melbourne (1902): 32 and 104
Last test: England vs Australia, The Oval (1905): 146 and Did not bat (DNB)
Bill Ponsford (Australia)
Test debut: Australia vs England, Sydney (1924): 110 and 27
Last test: England vs Australia, The Oval (1934): 266 and 22
Greg Chappell (Australia)
Test debut: Australia vs England, Perth (1970): 108 and DNB
Last test: Australia vs Pakistan, Sydney 1984: 182 and DNB
Mohammad Azharuddin (India)
Test debut: India vs England, Kolkata (1984/85): 110 and DNB
Last test: India vs South Africa, Bangalore (2000): 9 and 102
Alastair Cook (England)
Test debut: India vs England, Nagpur (2006): 60 and 104 not out
Last test: England vs India, The Oval (2018): 71 and 147
(With the entries of AFP)