Cook joins first and last Test hundred club


Alastair Cook struck fine century on his farewell test against India to become just the fifth player and first Englishman to score a hundred in both their first and last Tests.

The 33-year-old opener, England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, reached the landmark in unusual fashion when an overthrow from Jasprit Bumrah that went to the boundary gave him a five after he had already completed a single on the fourth day of the fifth Test.

It is important to mention here that Cook last week announced retirement from international cricket with immediate effect after this last Test match of five-match series against India.

Below are the other four players who achieved this milestone.

Reggie Duff (Australia)

Reggie Duff shined in his very first Test in 1902 against England scoring unbeaten 104 runs.

The right-hand batsman repeated the splendid performance in his last Test recording a historic ton to become the first man to cross the century mark in both the first and last Tests.

Reggie represented Australia in 22 Test matches scoring 1317 runs at an average of 35.59.

Bill Ponsford (Australia)

Making a debut ton against England in 1924, Bill joined his compatriot in the list of scoring the century in both their first and last Tests after smashing 266 runs in his last Test in 1934.

Bill represented Kangaroos in 29 Tests having 2122 runs in his account.

Greg Chappell (Australia)

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Greg Chappell also marked this unique record with 108 runs on debut and 182 runs on his farewell test.

With career-best 247 runs, Chappell made 7110 runs in his 87 Test appearances for Australia.

Mohammad Azharuddin (India)

Former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin started his career with an impressive performance claiming his first Test century on debut in 1984.

Later in 2000, Azharuddin made the most of his last opportunity to do something big for India.

He got to the century mark scoring 102 runs against South Africa to join three other players to achieve the landmark.

The former Indian captain, Azhar recorded 6215 runs in 99 Test matches for India.