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Alastair Cook receives guard of honour in final Test match

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After announcing his retirement from international cricket last week, Alastair Cook has received a guard of honour from the Indian team as he walked to the crease for his 161st Test match for England on Friday morning.

As the opening batsman made his way down the stairs and onto the hallowed pitch at the Oval, Virat Kohli's side admirably lined up either side and applauded him towards the wicket.

The former England captain, Cook, 33, broke the news he would be retiring 'over tears and beers' to his teammates after last Sunday's fourth Test victory which sealed the series win over India.

It comes after the England opener has admitted a struggle to collect runs of late, but will continue to play for club side Essex.

Before his final outing in an England shirt got underway, 'Chef' mustered a record 12,254 runs in Test cricket - the sixth highest of any player, and has also amassed 32 centuries in that time too.

The former captain made his international debut back in 2006 and has since led his nation out a record 59 occasions, with 24 of them ending in victory.

Career highlights are aplenty for the left-handed batsman, with the standout being his 766 runs and three centuries when England beat Australia to win the Ashes series in 2010-11 - the first time the nation had done so in 24 years.

The tributes have been pouring in for Cook since his announcement, most notably from former England cricketer and idol, Graham Gooch.

“Alastair has been the rock of England’s batting for the last 12 years since he made his debut – and while we are all sad to see him retire, we must rejoice in what he has done for our country," said Gooch.

Cook thanked Kohli for the gesture

And speaking on the situation himself, Cook said: “Although it is a sad day, I can do so [retire] with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank."

Expect plenty more cheers and celebrations if he can go on to reach a century at some point this weekend.

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