Alastair Cook made his last contribution to England cricket with the bat and retired in style by winning his 33rd century of testing. Cook, playing his last test, reached the magic mark of three figures on day 4 of the fifth and final test between India and England on Monday to put the hosts in full control of the game. Emotions were high in England's dressing room and in the stands of The Oval, London, when Cook played for the last time. That state of mind seemed to extend to the press conference room when Cook addressed the media, possibly for the last time in the whites of England. To commemorate each of his 33 hundreds of tests, Cook received 33 bottles of beer with personalized messages from the British media.
Cook and the British media did not always agree, especially during the Kevin Pietersen saga, when the opener was the captain of the England cricket team. However, the great gesture of the media put a big smile on Cook's face.
"On behalf of all the media, we appreciate everything that you (Cook) have done as a player and captain of England over the years, but in particular in the way he has treated us." There were some ups and downs, good and bad times, but you have always treated us very professionally, we have had a very good relationship with everything said and done, "a member of the British press told Cook.
"We just wanted to show our appreciation for everything and we got you a small gift, you told me once that you're not really a wine drinker, you're a brewer, so we have 33 beers here, one for each of your trials matches hundreds. And in each beer, there is a small message from each member of the media that has contributed to this. "
When he reached the fold at 46 he did not go to the thunderous applause of a crowd of 19,000 on Monday morning, the most limited test player in England, record scorer and years ago went back the years to score 147.
The third cook position of 259 runs with captain and his partner Joe Root helped England score 423 for eight declared and by the end of a momentous day for England, India had dropped to 58 for three in a hopeless chase of 464 for the victory.