Alastair cooks scrumptious farewell, Joe Root and James Anderson add flavour

Alastair Cook marked his 291st and final Test innings in fitting fashion as he scored his 33rd century.

What a sign off!

Alastair Cook marked his 291st and final Test innings in fitting fashion as he scored his 33rd century.

The 33-year-old opener, England's most capped Test player and record run scorer, began the day on 46 and moved fluently to 96 before some comical India fielding helped him to the milestone.

A mere coincidence that the left-hander hit an unbeaten 104 on his Test debut against India at Nagpur in 2006.

Record maker

After scoring the century, "the chef" removed his helmet and raised his bat as he received the applause of the Oval crowd.

Cook has reached many milestones and has broken several records, he passed Graham Gooch's 8,900-run tally during the 2015 series against New Zealand to become England's leading run scorer in Tests.

Point to be noted

Cook, now the leading left-handed run scorer in Test history, becomes the only the fifth batsman to score a century in his first and last Test matches - having scored one to launch his career against India in Nagpur 12 years ago.

Point to be noted...

In his debut match against India, he scored a half-century in the first innings and slammed a ton in the second innings (60 and 104).

Also, he played his career's last Test against India, scoring a fifty in the first innings and a century in the second.

Cook and Joe, the perfect partners

As cheers rung around the London ground, teary-eyed Cook hugged his on-field partner Joe Root and celebrated his brilliant career.

The crowd has been on its feet multiple times during the match, aware they are witnessing the final chapter of Cook's storied England career.

For good measure, he leapfrogged Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara to fifth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers.

'A walk to remember'

Alastair Cook has succeeded Andrew Strauss as England ODI skipper in 2011 and as Test captain in 2012.

Cook has led England in 59 Tests, more than any of his predecessors.

On September 3, 2018, he announced that he would retire after the fifth Test against India at The Oval.

He made his farewell match perfect after signing off in style after scoring a century in final knock.

England's best

Cook has made 294 against India in 2011, his highest Test score, and was named the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Cricketer of the Year.

He scored his 23rd century in 2012, against India, to break the record for most Test tons for England.

He became the youngest to pass 7,000 test runs and was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.

A perfect farewell

Cook walked on to the pitch through an Indian guard of honour to open the batting for England in the first innings.

He also received a thunderous ovation from the packed stands and Indian skipper Virat Kohli walked up to him to congratulate him personally.