Alastair Cook, who is playing his 161st and final Test match, decided to make the event more special by emulating his debut against India in 2006.
After scoring a fifty in the first innings of the fifth Test at the Oval, Cook carried on in the second innings to score a magnificent century in the second and final innings of his Test career. England also helped themselves to a healthy lead thanks to Joe Root and Cook’s partnership.
The crowd at the Oval stood up and applauded Alastair Cook as he joined a select list of players who scored a century on their debut and in their last match- Mohammed Azharuddin (IND), Greg Chappell (AUS), Reginald Duff (AUS) and Bill Ponsford (AUS).
The applause for Cook went on for a long time.
Twitter too paid tribute to Cook’s brilliant ton and we have some of the best tweets for you.
Check them out:
Yes chef ????????— Jofra Archer (@craig_arch) September 10, 2018
Alistair Cook ???? in last Test match ???? ???? #Swansong— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) September 10, 2018
A century in your last innings. And an ovation that looked like it would never end. It was, as Joe Root said, "written in the stars". What a moment for the mighty Alastair Cook.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 10, 2018
What a way to finish off the your last batting innings. Congratulations on a glittering career Alistair. #ENGvIND— R P Singh (@rpsingh) September 10, 2018
The Chef is cooking! Congratulations brother, very well deserved. ???????????????? #Eagles— Peter Siddle (@petersiddle403) September 10, 2018
That was a very very special moment ... All of us who are privileged to be here today will remember that forever ... #Cook #100 ... If any person deserves that send off it’s Alastair ... Fairytales do happen ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 10, 2018
What a player..!!!!! Huge Respect for u brother...privileged to play against you...finish like a Champ ???????? pic.twitter.com/NtBRHdS3C6— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) September 10, 2018