Mon, Feb 20, 2017 | updated 02:20 PM IST

We proved to everyone else we can play: Cook

Updated: Nov 14, 2016 09:37 IST

London [UK], Nov. 14 (ANI): England captain Alastair Cook has insisted that his team's performance in the drawn first Test of the five-match series against India was a "proof" that they can compete against the No. 1 ranked team this season.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on a defiant 49 in a tense final session to deny England victory in the opening Test played at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.

"We got ourselves in a position to force a win and did not quite get over the line but it was a good Test match and everyone can be proud of how they played.We proved to everyone else we can play," Cook was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Cook notched up his 30th Test hundred and declared his team's second innings on 260/3 in the second session on Day Five, to set Indian an improbable target of 310.

Defending the timing of his fifth-day declaration, the England skipper said, "The reason we did not [declare earlier] was that I didn't want to give India a sniff. Batting just to survive is a lot different from chasing 260-270. On the same wicket we were 180 for nought earlier. It was not a minefield. I am sure a braver person would have set 240 but I thought it was a fair declaration in the first game of a series."

The left-hander also heaped praise on debutant and his opening partner Haseeb Hameed, who fell short 18 runs short of becoming England' youngest ever centurion in the morning session.

"He's an unbelievable player. He was pushing me close to retirement when we walked off yesterday: a 19-year-old not only out-batted me but scored quicker than me and made it look easier than me. So it was a bit of a down-to-earth moment. But he's a find, isn't he? We had no doubt he could play and he's certainly shown that." He said.

The 31-year-old England skipper has now hit five centuries in India-the most by any visiting batsman in the country.

Cook's 130 in the third innings saw more records fall to the left-handed opener, with it his ninth Test century in Asia-surpassing the record set by South Africa's Jacques Kallis as a visiting player on the continent.

The two sides will now lock horns in the second Test from November 17 in Visakhapatnam and it would be England, not the host, who would be high on confidence. (ANI)

Bengaluru [India], Feb.20 (ANI): All-rounder Mohammad Nabi on Monday became the first Afghanistan player in the Indian Premier League when he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of Rs. 30 lakh in the IPL Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Feb.20 (ANI): England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crores during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday.

Full Story >>

Camp Nou [Barcelona], Feb.20 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the final seconds as Barcelona scraped a 2-1 win over Leganes in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou here last evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Wizards played out a 1-1 draw against hosts Delhi Waveriders in a crucial Hockey India League (HIL) match here at Shivaji Stadium last evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.20 (ANI): German table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov brought the dream run of Japan's 13-year-old sensation Tomokazu Harimoto to an abrupt end to capture the men's singles title in the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open here at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex on Sunday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20(ANI): Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career, as per local Pakistan media reports.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): Sri Lanka on Sunday took an unbeatable two nil lead against Australia in a three-match Twenty20 international series through a two wicket win in Geelong.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Sunday, flagged off the seventh edition of 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally, country's most premium vintage car event, in New Delhi.

Full Story >>

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Thousands of people participated in a half-marathon in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur on Sunday with an aim of promoting adventure sports and tourism across the state.

Full Story >>

South Africa beat New Zealand in Hamilton ODI

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 17:28 IST

Hamilton [New Zealand], Feb.19 (ANI): South Africa on Sunday beat New Zealand by four wickets in a one day international match played here.

Full Story >>

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) has announced that Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will take over as skipper of the team from Mahaendra Singh Dhoni for the 2017 and 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): India's Twenty20 left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said that he would like to represent the country again in one-day internationals and is training his sights on the Champions Trophy to be played in England in June this year.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): Having lost their first Twenty20 clash against Sri Lankaat the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) , Australia will now look to redeem itself against the visitors in the second Twenty20 international clash at Kardinia Park in Geelong on Sunday evening.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has ordered both Cricket Australia and former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill to commence mediation over the latter's 2.6 million Australian dollar injury case.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other administrators of the sport to undertake a review of the current concussion-related substitution rule.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place.

Full Story >>

Wenger wants to continue at Arsenal till 2021

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 09:26 IST

London [United Kingdom], Feb.19 (ANI): Manager Arsene Wenger's two-decade long relationship with English Premier League football club Arsenal may be stretched and strained owing to the lack of silver fare, but this has not stopped him from expressin

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is currently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has stated that he is still mulling over coming to Pakistan if the final match of the Twenty20 series will be played in Lahore.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.18 (ANI): Following the footsteps of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic Quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are all set to make their profession debut.

Full Story >>