Alastair Cook batted for nearly six-and-a-half hours, facing 286 balls and hitting 14 fours.
Alastair Cook batted for nearly six-and-a-half hours, facing 286 balls and hitting 14 fours.

Alastair Cook made 147 in his final Test innings before international retirement and England captain Joe Root 125, with the pair putting on 259 for the third wicket.

The 33-year-old opener, England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, reached his hundred in unusual fashion when an overthrow from Jasprit Bumrah that went to the boundary gave him a five after he had already completed a single on the fourth day of the fifth Test.

But a ball after Root was dismissed for 125, Cook was caught behind off part-time spinner Hanuma Vihari to leave England strongly placed at 321 for four in their second innings — a lead of 361.

Cook batted for nearly six-and-a-half hours, facing 286 balls and hitting 14 fours.

And here’s how twitter showered praises on Cook: