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A look at how the former England captain, Alastair Cook, compares to his country's six most-capped players

England's Alastair Cook celebrates reaching his century during the test match at The Kia Oval. Photo: PA

Alastair Cook marked his final international innings with a century in his 161st Test in the series finale against India.

Press Association Sport looks at how the former England captain compares to his country's six most-capped players.

Alastair Cook, 2006-2018: 161 caps, 12,472 runs at 45.35, 33x100, 57x50, best 294

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Since scoring 60 and 104 not out against India on debut in 2006, Cook has been an England mainstay at the top of the order. He has enjoyed most success against India, with over 2,000 runs including his career-best 294 at Edgbaston in 2011, and the West Indies with his highest average against any opposition, 57.96. His 59 Tests as captain are also a national record and his batting average as skipper improved slightly compared to his career record, up to 46.57.

James Anderson, 2003 to date: 143 caps, 561 wickets at 26.90, 26x5wi, 3x10wm, best 7-42

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The Lancashire paceman has long been the figurehead of England's bowling attack and with a swinging ball, there are few better in the world. He recovered from an unsuccessful attempt to remould his action early in his international career to become the first Englishman, and only the sixth player overall, to reach 500 Test wickets. His career-best figures came against the West Indies at Lord's - a venue where he has over 100 Test wickets - in 2017, going one run better than his seven for 43 against New Zealand nine years earlier at Trent Bridge - where he has 64 Test wickets at an average under 20.

Alec Stewart, 1990-2003: 133 caps, 8,463 runs at 39.54, 15x100, 45x50, best 190, 263 catches, 14 stumpings

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For a time in the late 1990s, Stewart was asked to do it all for England - captain, opening batsman and wicketkeeper. That workload, coupled with having to play in a weaker era for English cricket, saw his career statistics dip slightly below those of the country's other most-capped players but his importance could never be underestimated. He made a century in his 100th Test and retired as England's most-capped player at the time.

Stuart Broad, 2007 to date: 123 caps, 432 wickets at 28.89, 16x5wi, 2x10wm, best 8-15, 3,063 runs at 19.63, 1x100, 12x50, best 169

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Anderson's long-term new-ball partner, the pair have wreaked havoc on opposing batting line-ups for more than a decade. While Anderson's overall figures are superior, Broad's dynamic spells provide the more memorable moments - none more so that his career-best eight-wicket burst against Australia at Trent Bridge in the 2015 Ashes and the accompanying wide-eyed celebrations. He has also been a useful, if inconsistent, lower-order batsman and made a big hundred in the controversial 2010 Lord's Test against Pakistan.

Graham Gooch, 1975-1995: 118 caps, 8,900 runs at 42.58, 20x100, 46x50, best 333

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Gooch's triple-century against India at Lord's in 1990 was the third-highest score by an England batsman, with the two above it on the list dating back to the 1930s. It was a mark of his assured presence as both opener and, from 1988 to 1993, captain. He is second to Cook on England's all-time run-scoring list, having been a key mentor to his fellow Essex batsman following his retirement.

Ian Bell, 2004-2015: 118 caps, 7,727 runs at 42.69, 22x100, 46x50, best 235

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The elegant Warwickshire batsman was long derided for style over substance - his early Test centuries came when others in the innings had already made three figures, while his average is 10 runs higher on home soil - but his longevity and run total answered his critics. His career-best score came against India at the Oval in 2011, while he averaged 58 against Sri Lanka and over 40 against every opponent other than Australia and New Zealand.