Nepal | July 23, 2019

Cook’s last stand comes to an end after memorable century

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England’s Alastair Cook celebrates his century. Photo: Reuters

LONDON: England opener Alastair Cook’s final test innings came to a close when he was dismissed having scored a fairytale 147 against India at the Oval on Monday.

Cook, England’s most-capped test player and leading run scorer, walked off to deafening applause and a standing ovation after being caught behind by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Hanuma Vihari.

His final 287-ball knock included 14 fours.

Left-handed Cook finished with 12,472 test runs, fifth on the all-time list having moved past Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara earlier in the day.

He was dismissed the ball after skipper Joe Root was out for 125 having shared a third-wicket partnership of 259 to take the game away from India.

England’s lead was more than 360 as tea approached.

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