Alastair Cook admitted his last Test innings had been a dream come true after he scored 147 for England in the fifth Test against India at The Oval.
The 33-year-old former England captain was pleased to bow out on a high but insists he will not be reversing his decision to quit international cricket.
Cook's century on Monday helped England set the tourists a target of 464 runs to win the Test but India slumped to 2-3 before recovering to close the day on 58-3.
"The timing is right," Cook said afterwards. "This has been an 18-month process.
"I started noticing things in my game and preparation were missing. That edge isn't there.
"It doesn't mean you haven't got it sometimes and when it's your day you can still score runs. But there is definitely something missing, even though this was a great day."
Cook, who has scored more runs and made more centuries for England than any other Test player, added: "There was definitely a lump in my throat at the start and I did shed a tear. It's just one of those days where you'll forever look back and think, 'wow'.
"Ever since I announced my retirement, I hoped to have a good week here but to top it off with a score was just incredible. Sometimes dreams do come true."
England are 1/200 to win the fifth Test against India while KL Rahul is 6/5 to Score 100 or More in the tourists' second innings.
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