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

Zidane May Be Running Out of Time at Real Madrid

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane could be running out of time at Real Madrid.Zidane, who led Madrid to the Champions League title in his first season as coach, is now struggling to keep his job with the team 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league.His problems became worse when Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.Zidane looks like he has one last chance to save his job by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League. The two teams meet in the first leg in Spain on Feb. 14, with the return match in France on March 6.“That’s very obvious,” Zidane said after the loss to Leganes. “I’m the one responsible for all of this. I’m the coach. I’m the one who has to find the solutions.”The Champions League is the only competition Madrid has a realistic chance of winning. The club is going for a hat trick after lifting the trophy in 2016 and 2017.“We’ve lost one competition and we’re a long way off in La Liga,” Zidane said. “Our objectives aren’t what we had planned for at the start of the season. All we can do now is think about the remaining games, starting with Saturday (at Valencia), and prepare well for Feb. 14.”Madrid was held to a 2-2 home draw by Valencia earlier this season and hasn’t won at the Mestalla since 2013.Zidane said the loss to Leganes was the worst moment of his coaching career.“I’m angry with myself,” he said. “I can’t understand it. We have to find a way to recover.”Zidane hasn’t just been criticized for poor results. Fans have also questioned some of his recent decisions, including the move to rest Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters against Leganes.“I don’t regret it. I take responsibility for my decisions,” Zidane said. “The players have to rest. You can’t look at the team that played and say it wasn’t competitive. It was. The problem was that we lost.”The only regular starters against Leganes were Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Isco, who was replaced late in the game. Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal came off the bench in the second half.The crowd jeered after the final whistle, a common occurrence at the Bernabeu recently. Before routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 in the league on Sunday, Madrid had gone three matches without a home win.Madrid has won half of its 18 home games in all competitions this season, losing four times, including 3-0 to Barcelona.Zidane made a remarkable start after taking over in January 2016 following a stint with Madrid’s “B” squad. He led the club to two Champions League titles, one Spanish league trophy and consecutive titles in both the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.He began this season by helping Madrid win the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.“I take responsibility for the situation (now),” Zidane said. “I’ll continue working and fighting. I’m going to try to make the team better and that’s it.”—TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more