England Test captain Alastair Cook struck a century for Essex against Gloucestershire at Chelmsford, in his first Championship innings of 2016.
The 31-year-old left-hander reached his 52nd first-class century off 182 balls.
Cook shared a second-wicket stand of 222 with Tom Westley, who also scored a ton, before being trapped lbw by off-spinner Jack Taylor for 105.
At the time of Cook’s dismissal on the second afternoon, Essex were 224-2 in reply to Gloucestershire’s 262 all out.
England’s first Test match of the summer is against Sri Lanka at Headingley, starting on 19 May.
Cook is England’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket and requires just 36 more to become the first England player to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in Tests.
He is one of several England players appearing for their counties during the opening rounds of Championship fixtures.
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