Alastair Cook steals the show with 147 in final Test innings as England close to wrapping up 4-1 series win

ALASTAIR COOK made 147 in his final Test innings as England moved close to securing a 4-1 series win over India.

Cook finally nicked one just shy of his 150 and deservedly had The Oval crowd on its feet to applaud him off the field following his fantastic final score.

 Alastair Cook scored a fantastic 147 in his final Test innings for England

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Alastair Cook scored a fantastic 147 in his final Test innings for England
 Day four of the Fifth Test belonged to Cook, who led the two teams off at the end of play

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Day four of the Fifth Test belonged to Cook, who led the two teams off at the end of play

England cricketer Alastair Cook makes farewell century against India

The former England captain in the process overtook Kumar Sangakkara into fifth place in the all-time list of Test run scorers.

He is the highest-scoring opener and, now, tops the pile for left-handers, too.

It is, of course, a remarkable achievement and he deserved every single one of the standing ovations he received throughout the day. Yes, all of them.

India recognised it too and so when Rishabh Pant held on to Cook's edge, the entire team rushed over to congratulate him and shake his hand.

 Cook also became the fifth-highest run scorer in Test history, overtaking Kumar Sangakkara

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Cook also became the fifth-highest run scorer in Test history, overtaking Kumar Sangakkara
 Cook was congratulated by the Indian team after finally being caught

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Cook was congratulated by the Indian team after finally being caught

And it was a good day for current skipper Joe Root too, reaching three figures but going cheaply for 125 slashing to the boundary as Hanuma Vihari suddenly found himself on a hat-trick after his first two Test wickets on debut.

England fell from 321-2 to 356-6 with Jonny Bairstow was clean bowled and and Jos Buttler going for a duck, before Ben Stokes fell for a decent knock of 37.

And when Sam Curran topped one and was caught on 21, Root declared with his side 423-8, setting India 464 to win.

The tourists endured the worst-possible start, losing three early wickets.

 Joe Root also hit an important century for England, his first since last summer, at The Oval

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Joe Root also hit an important century for England, his first since last summer, at The Oval
 Previous captain Cook and current captain Root embrace as the former made his century

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Previous captain Cook and current captain Root embrace as the former made his century
 It was another frustrating day for India as a difficult summer in England draws towards its conclusion

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It was another frustrating day for India as a difficult summer in England draws towards its conclusion

Shikhar Darwan was trapped plumb lbw by James Anderson with his ninth delivery of the innings and three balls later Cheteshwar Pujara was heading back to the pavilion. Anderson again. Leg before again.

It was the Burnley Express' 563rd Test wicket, placing him level with world-record holder Glenn McGrath for dismissals by a seamer.

Stuart Broad got in on the act, too, and took the vital wicket of Virat Kohli for a duck as the Indian captain swiped at a wide one outside leg stump. Easy pickings for Bairstow behind.

It reduced the visitors to 2-3 off just 3.2 overs. And although KL Rahul, who closed four off his half-century, and Ajinkya Rahane batted through until stumps with India 58-3, England know they should be able to complete the job on the final day.

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 James Anderson led the attack by example as he helped reduce India to 2-3 off just 3.2 overs

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James Anderson led the attack by example as he helped reduce India to 2-3 off just 3.2 overs
 Anderson equalled Glenn McGraths Test wicket record in what was a successful day with bat and ball for England

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Anderson equalled Glenn McGraths Test wicket record in what was a successful day with bat and ball for England

Cook almost took a catch at silly point on the very final delivery of the day as his name was chorused out across The Oval.

The day, so rightfully, belonged to the 33-year-old and he did not even try to conceal his beaming smile as he led the teams off the field at the end of it.

 Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli for a duck, playing one well outside of leg stump

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Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli for a duck, playing one well outside of leg stump
 Cook almost a catch at silly point with the final ball of the day but it did not quite carry

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Cook almost a catch at silly point with the final ball of the day but it did not quite carry

ALASTAIR COOK made 147 in his final Test innings as England moved close to securing a 4-1 series win over India.