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Alastair Cook has scored a hundred in his final Test innings.

Alastair Cook signs off in style with century in final innings for England

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Alastair Cook hit a fairytale farewell century in his final Test innings for England.

The former England captain, who hit a hundred on debut in 2006, registered his 33rd Test ton on the fourth day of the final Test against India at the Oval.

During the course of the morning, Cook also passed the 12,400-run tally of Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth-highest run-scorer in Test history.

At lunch, Cook was unbeaten on 103 and current skipper Joe Root was 92 not out as England, looking to wrap up a 4-1 series win, reached 243 for two, a lead of 283.

Cook, who also registered a half-century in the first innings, began the day on 46 and soon moved past 50 with a trademark clip off his legs for four off Jasprit Bumrah.

Yet his sights were clearly set much higher and he continued to make steady progress.

His next landmark came as he reached 76 with a leg-side single to surpass Sangakkara and become the most prolific left-hander in Test cricket.

That left only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid ahead of him, but the latter three were also potentially in reach with a big hundred.

He actually reached three figures in fortuitous fashion after taking a single into the onside, and then watching as Bumrah’s wayward throw ran away for four overthrows.

Cook celebrated by acknowledging the crowd, hugging Root and then punching his fist towards the sky.

He grinned broadly as he received a lengthy standing ovation.

And it didn't take long before Cook's name was trending on Twitter, with some of cricket's biggest names all posting tributes to the batsman.

The scenes in the England dressing room after the century was confirmed also prove just how loved Cook is within the team.

At the other end, Root, who resumed on 29, accumulated quickly and passed 50 in 81 deliveries.

He took the attack to Ravindra Jadeja early on by sweeping him for two fours in one over, but he did survive a scare on 46 when he was dropped at slip by Ajinkya Rahane off the same bowler.

With his partnership with Cook worth 181, Root also had a hundred in his sights as England looked to bat India out of the game.

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