Cook unbeaten in England's steady start

Cook unbeaten in England's steady start

In his swansong Test, Alastair Cook held firm to guide England to 68 for one at lunch on the first day of final Test against India at The Oval on Friday.

Cook, England's all-time record Test run-scorer, was 37 not out -- his best score of the series -- in his final appearance before international retirement.

The left-hander walked out to a guard of honour from the Indians and stayed firm despite seeing his opening partner Keaton Jennings was caught at leg slip off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, who is making is first appearance in the series. 

The 33-year-old left-handed opener has struggled for runs lately, and came into this match averaging under 19 for the year.

Cook, extending his England appearance record to 161 Tests, was thrust straight into the action when Joe Root, his successor as England captain, opted to bat first after winning the toss.

Jennings, under pressure for his England place, had made just six when he was hit on the helmet after taking his eye off a short ball from Ishant Sharma.

He nevertheless helped fellow left-hander Cook compile England's best opening stand (60 for no loss) of in the series.

Moeen Ali, continuing at number three after batting there in the second innings at Southampton was unbeaten on two at lunch.