Former England captain Alastair Cook, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday, came out to play his final test against India at the London Oval on Friday. With Joe Root winning the draw and opting for the bat, the initial batter Cook left the dressing room and received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd. As a sign of respect for the most decorated batsman in England, the Indian team gave him an honor guard while he went out into the field. Cook left with the opening of Keaton Jennings, while the Indian players lined up to applaud a glorious race. India's team captain, Virat Kohli, congratulated the 33-year-old, who will dismiss a 12-year run at the end of the current test.
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Cook is playing his 161 test match and has scored more than 12,000 runs in the longest format of the game. He also holds the record for playing the most Tests and scoring the most races for England. Cook will continue to play for Essex in English County after the end of his Test career.
In his first interaction with the media since the announcement, Cook revealed that he had considered hanging up his boots during the last six months before finally announcing the end of his international career.
"It's hard to put it into words, but in the last six months there have been signs in my mind that this was going to happen," Cook said.
Interestingly, the legendary Don Bradman also played his final test in 1948 at The Oval, where he was tragically fired by a duck, missing what would have been a perfect test average of 100.
Meanwhile, six players have marked centuries in their farewell test in the oval: Reggie Duff (1905), Jack Sharp (1909), Bill Ponsford (1934), Maurice Leyland (1938), Kenneth Weekes (1939) and Raman Subba Row ( 1961). )