Playing in Test cricket is like a dream come true for every batsman and bowler. Some players have already made it to the international games and still haven’t received a chance to represent their team in the longer format of the game.
The extended version of the game assesses the patience and the talent to bring in runs in the game as long as the player at the crease can. Over the years, the traditional format has turned from being all about the bowlers to the breezing shots knocked by the batsmen.
However, scoring off big numbers in the five-day-long is still a big accomplishment for the batsman. And it becomes special for the batter when they have accomplished remarkable hundred in the very first game of the Test career.
Well, there have been a handful of players who have had the lucky enough to have made their debut entrance composing a ton in the game.
But what makes it even more special is that the players beginning and ending their Test careers with a hundred stick at the footnote. However, there have been only five cricketers who have scored a century on their debut and farewell game of an extended version of the game.
Let us take a look at the list of the said five elite-class batsmen with a hundred in their debut and their last Test.
Five Batsmen Who Scored Hundred On Debut And Their Last Test
5. Alastair Cook (ENG): 2006-2018
Alastair Cook is a name responsible for most of the victorious innings of the England Cricket team in the 21st century. Unlike the other cricketing personalities of the 2000s, the former English cricketer is regarded as one of the best batsmen who had accomplished himself in Test cricket.
Cook entered in the Test cricket with a composed knock of 104 runs against India in 2006. Throughout his cricketing career, the Southpaw had registered all his best shots against the India cricket team. Having already established his maiden Test against them in Nagpur, Cook marked his highest score of 294 runs against India at Birmingham in 2011.
Known for his ‘daddy hundreds’ in the game, Cook has accumulated a total of 33 hundreds, five double hundreds and 57 half-centuries from 161 Test games. After an exceptional red-ball career, Cook retired with a memorable ton against India in 2018.
The Player of the Match compiled 147 runs in England’s total of 423 in the second innings of the victorious 5th match of the series. Entering with a bang, Cook signed off his Test career with the record of posting a hundred in both his debut and farewell Test fixtures which once again was recorded against India.