Centuries from Alastair Cook — in his final test innings — and captain Joe Root put England in position for a second innings declaration on 423-8, leaving India needing 463 runs to win the fifth test shortly after tea on Day 4 at the Oval.

Playing in his 161st and final test match, Cook, and his successor as skipper, Root, both struck centuries before being dismissed in consecutive deliveries as their 259-run third-wicket partnership left England well-placed to extend an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Cook's landmark moment came in the strangest of circumstances, as what appeared to be a single to take him to 97, became five, when Jasprit Bumrah's throw to the non-striker's end went for four overthrows, taking England's all-time leading run-scorer to 101 from 210 balls.

Cook's perfect finale, which saw him pass Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakarra as the fifth highest test run-scorer of all time, finally came to an end when he was caught behind off India debutant Hanuma Vihari for 147 from 286 balls.

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Root was out for 125 to the same bowler a ball earlier, having been slightly fortunate to complete his first test century in more than a year after surviving two dropped chances.

Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 18 and Jos Buttler was caught for a duck off Ravindra Jadeja (3-179) to leave England 364-6 at tea.

Ben Stokes made an entertaining 37 before being caught on the boundary off Jadeja, and then Root finally declared when Sam Curran (21) holed out to give Vihari (3-37) a third wicket.

England's James Anderson needs three wickets to go past Australian Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast-bowler in test history.