Alaistair Cook writes his own legend and retires after pulling off a stunning century at The Oval against India, amidst friends, family and well-wishers. After scoring 147 runs in his last ever test innings, he was seen sitting along the sidelines with a box of 33 beers, a courtesy of the English media for each of his test match, and a content smile on his face. On his century, he remembers that when he saw the ball being thrown, he thought that Bumrah hit it quite hard and then the ground erupted with thunderous ovation and cheering, which wouldn’t just stop. Even the Indian players talked about it long after he went out. At 33, the player stood by his decision to retire on his own terms, saying it’s better for others to want a bit more of you than to be kicked out. When asked whether his stunning comeback would pause his retirement, he said with conviction, “It (the hundred) absolutely confirms [my decision to retire]. It’s been something that’s been coming for 12-18 months, not just one bad series or a bit of bad form. It’s just time. It’s time for me - it’s time for my family. To go out on your own terms when your last ever innings for England was a hundred. I don’t know how I’ve managed it, to be brutally honest.” He said that his retirement coupled with the impending birth of his third child with wife, Alice, has made these four days the most surreal in his entire life. He has a contract to play county cricket for Essex for three more seasons. He debuted against India, with a 100 and finished against the same opponent with a century. He has become the fifth opener to have scored a century on his first and last Test match.
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