Alastair Cook given guard of honour to mark final Test

Alastair Cook received an honor guard from the Indian team as he advanced towards the fold in his final Test.

Cook, who announced his decision to retire after a Test race that began in 2006, was also receiving a sustained standing ovation from a full house Oval crowd. Even the referees joined.

Cook, who leaves the game as England's most limited test player, as well as his most prolific scorer and receiver (not counting the goalkeepers), also exchanged handshakes with India captain Virat Kohli. who joked that he felt his team had seen too many Cook battles throughout the year.

Colin Graves, president of the ECB, also presented Cook with a commemorative hat with the number 161, Cook's final count. Trial casings: in a group of platoons a few minutes before launch.

There were no signs that the excitement of the occasion had negatively affected Cook in the opening minutes of the game. After having started with a timely push for three through the toppings, he produced a vintage movement of the legs for four through the half-wicket – the head did not fall; Impeccable timing – to provide a reminder of your best form.


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