Fri, May 26, 2017 | updated 12:51 PM IST

Alastair Cook all set to re-create England history

Updated: Oct 19, 2016 14:34 IST      
Alastair Cook all set to re-create England history

Melbourne [Australia], Oct. 19 (ANI): England skipper Alastair Cook, who will make his 134th Test appearance in Chittagong against Bangladesh on Thursday, would reach yet another landmark in his illustrious career which has been continuously rewriting the record books.

Four years ago, Cook captured the record for the most number of Test centuries by an England batsman. Later this year, he became the first Englishman to score 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game and now, he is set to overtake Alec Stewart as his country's most capped Test cricketer.

After travelling 16,000 miles on a round-trip home to attend the birth of his second child, the left-hander is all set to lead the team in the first of seven successive Tests on the sub-continent between now and Christmas.

After the two-match Test series against minnows Bangladesh, England would face India, the current number Test ranked side, for a five-match series starting from November 9.

The 31-year-old left hander averages 69 in the 21 Tests he has played away from home against Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Having scored 10599 runs and 29 Test centuries, the most impressive part about Cook's illustrious career is the fact he has managed to play 131 of his 133 Tests to date consecutively.

"I would never have thought in 2006 when I made my debut I would get close to breaking that record. It will be a very special moment. Luck plays a huge part in terms of never breaking a finger in catching practice or blowing up your knee the day before and getting a knock on it so you can't walk," cricket.com.au quoted Cook as saying.

"It doesn't matter whether you are playing your first game or your 134th, it is a very proud moment to play for England and you should never ever forget that and I certainly don't, "he added.

The England skipper, however, admitted that leaving so abruptly after the birth of his daughter on Sunday and arriving back in Bangladesh on Monday afternoon, has been hard and may hamper his preparations for the opening Test starting from tomorrow.

"It's been quite an emotional 48 hours. As you can imagine, having another daughter and then leaving so soon afterwards doesn't make you feel like the best husband or father in the world," he said.

"It's great that mum and baby are doing very well and so it's very special but I'm out here now so I've got to go and play some cricket. I think mentally and emotionally it will be a big challenge but there's every motivation. It won't be hard when you get out there because you know what you've left behind - it's not going to guarantee you any runs but you can throw yourself straight in there and do the best you can because there is no point moping around," he added.

The first Test between the two sides will begin tomorrow while the second and the final Test would be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium from October 28. (ANI)

Bengaluru [India], May 26 (ANI): Indian Senior Men's hockey team goalkeeper Akash Chikte has said that he is absolutely ready to face the world's top ranked teams at the Hockey World League Semi-Final, beginning June 15 in London.

Full Story >>

India crash out of Sudirman Cup post 0-3 drubbing to China

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:22 IST     

Queensland [Australia], May 26 (ANI): In a major blow, India crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship after going down 0-3 against 10-time champions China in their quarter-final clash here at the Gold Coast on Friday.

Full Story >>

Younis Khan satisfied to retire at top

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:36 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has expressed his satisfaction over his decision to bid adieu to international cricket, as he has managed to achieve what he had desired for.

Full Story >>

Aussies pay homage to Manchester attack victims

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:51 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 26 (ANI): The Australian cricket team observed a minute of silence to pay their tributes to the victims of the recent deadly terror attack that took place at the Manchester Arena in England.

Full Story >>

Lanka happy to enter Champions Trophy as 'underdogs': Mathews

Updated: May 26, 2017 09:36 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 26 (ANI): Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has said that his players are ready to embrace the 'underdog' tag at the ICC Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

PCB announces Najam Sethi as its new chairman

Updated: May 26, 2017 00:53 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Najam Sethi as its new chairman.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], May 25 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who had a regrettable performance in England three years ago, has said that his priority would be to overcome the challenges he faced during the tour for his personal satisfaction.

Full Story >>

BCCI-PCB to meet in Dubai over India-Pak bilateral series

Updated: May 25, 2017 22:09 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2015 to 2023.

Full Story >>

ICC Committee gives unanimous support to Test Championship

Updated: May 25, 2017 17:53 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has expressed unanimous support for the implementation of a Test cricket competition deeming that context was crucial to the future of international cricket.

Full Story >>

Wellington [New Zealand], May 25 (ANI): New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been slapped with 100 hours of community work after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving offence in the Hastings District Council last month.

Full Story >>

Virat Kohli encourages kids towards healthy lifestyle

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:29 IST     

Mumbai [India], May 25 (ANI): Alarmed by the statistics published about the state of the country's children's health, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has appealed the kids to play more, and have more fun by joining Stepathlon Kids, which launches in November this year.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], May 25 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced that it would begin the process to invite new applicants for the post of the head coach of the Indians men's cricket team.

Full Story >>

Barca continue to stand by Messi after tax appeal rejected

Updated: May 25, 2017 13:58 IST     

Madrid [Spain], May 25 (ANI): Barcelona have reiterated their support to Lionel Messi, after the Supreme Court of Spain rejected the star striker's appeal against a suspended 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud offence.

Full Story >>

Kashmir hosts first football coaching camp for deaf, dumb

Updated: May 25, 2017 13:14 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 25 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Football Association has organised the first ever special football coaching camp for disabled kids, namely "GRASSROOT", in collaboration with youth sports and services in Srinagar.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], May 25 (ANI): Chinglensana Singh, who has recently been appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian senior men's hockey team, has admitted that he is excited and honoured to take up the new responsibility as his side head into the Three Nations Invitational Tournament, beginning June 1.

Full Story >>

Maxwell cleared of serious injury after blow on neck

Updated: May 25, 2017 11:48 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 25 (ANI): Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been cleared of any serious injury after he was struck by a net bowler during a recent practice session at Lord's.

Full Story >>

De Villiers and co. penalised for slow over-rate

Updated: May 25, 2017 10:50 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): South Africa have been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 72-run defeat against England in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Headingley in Leeds last evening.

Full Story >>

Bangladesh rise to sixth in ODI rankings post historic win

Updated: May 25, 2017 10:30 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): Bangladesh made history in Dublin on Wednesday when they moved to sixth place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time following their five-wicket victory over fourth-ranked New Zealand.

Full Story >>

Adam Milne to join Kent after Champions Trophy

Updated: May 25, 2017 06:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has signed for Kent and will join their squad after representing his national side at the Champions Trophy in England and Wales, scheduled for June 1-18.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 25 (ANI): World No. 1 Andy Murray has been surprised by Novak Djokovic's decision to appoint Andre Agassi as coach for the upcoming French Open, but believes it's "a positive thing for Novak and its good for tennis".

Full Story >>