Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook becomes latest member of the 12000 club

first_imgAlastair Cook on Sunday became the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket. (Scorecard)ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY Batting in England’s second innings, Cook took a single off his pads after lunch on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia to get to the landmark.Cook, playing his 152nd Test match, joined Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289), Rahul Dravid (13,288) and Kumar Sangakkara (12,400) in accumulating 12,000 runs or more over his career.The 33-year-old, who scored 244 not out in the fourth Test in Melbourne last week, received an ovation from the crowd after passing the milestone in the third over of England’s second innings at Sydney Cricket Ground.But the celebrations were shortlived as opener Mark Stoneman was trapped leg-before by Mitchell Starc just five balls later.Cook was then clean bowled by off-spinner Nathan Lyon soon after on 10 with a peach of a delivery that pitched at middle stump and took the top of the former England captain’s off stump.His departure left England in a spot of bother at 15 for 2, chasing 304 for victory after Australia declared their second innings at 649 for 7.Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh earlier both scored centuries on a scorching fourth morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia into a position where they could declare on 649 for seven an hour into the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.advertisementlast_img read more