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Another England Test, another Alastair Cook milestone. Having passed Alec Stewarts England record of 133 Test appearances in the victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong, Cook is now set to become Englands most capped captain of all time when he skippers the team against India in the first Test, on Wednesday.Cook moved level with Michael Atherton when he led his side out for the 54th time in the second Test in Dhaka but come Wednesday will top the list. There have been plenty of highs, and lows, during his spell as skipper. Click on the video above to see just a few, as we also chart them below...Bangladesh beginnings Cook celebrates after scoring a century against Bangladesh during his first Test as captain Its somewhat fitting that Cook equalled Athertons record where it all started, in Bangladesh. Though it was in Chittagong, and not Dhaka, where Cook became Englands 79th Test captain, covering for Andrew Strauss as he was rested at the time.He couldnt have wished for a better beginning either, smashing 173 against his hapless hosts to become only the fifth England batsman to score a hundred in his first game as skipper.Cook would lead his charges to a 181-run victory in that first Test in 2010 - Graeme Swann taking 10 wickets - before cracking another century in the second Test, as a nine-wicket win in Dhaka secured a 2-0 series triumph.Early success as skipper Cook kisses the urn after winning his first Ashes series as captain in 2013 Cook would have to wait over two years till next tasked with the Test captaincy, permanently taking over from Strauss for the tour of India. It represented a bit of a baptism of fire for Cook, with England having relinquished the No 1 Test ranking to South Africa earlier that summer amid rumours of ructions in the dressing room that led to Kevin Pietersens exile from the team for texts exchanged with the opposition.Cook brought KP back into the team for the India tour and would lead his team to a staggering 2-1 triumph on the sub-continent, made all the more remarkable by the fact that England were trounced by nine wickets in the first Test in Ahmedabad; albeit Cook scoring a century. Hed also tonk tons in the second and third Test wins.The Ashes (preceded by home and away series against New Zealand) were the next test, but one Cook passed with flying colours, leading England to a 3-0 series success. The margin of Englands win would somewhat flatter them, however, as following a 347-run drubbing in the second Test at Lords, a revitalised Australia were much more competitive, hinting of what was to come.Whitewashed in Aus Mitchell Johnson (L) celebrates the wicket of Cook, one of his 37 victims in the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2013/14 And what was to come was an utterly emphatic 5-0 series defeat in the return Ashes series in Australia later that winter, where a broken and battered England were routinely bounced out by Mitchell Johnson at the peak of his pacey powers.England lost Jonathan Trott - a key component of their top order for the last four years - after the first Test defeat in Brisbane to a stress-related condition, while Swann retired, having been troubled by an elbow injury, with the series already lost following defeat in the third Test in Perth.Desperately searching for answers, England used 19 players during the five-Test tour, of which the resounding find was a certain Ben Stokes, who struck a first Test ton on a hideously worn Perth pitch in only his second game.Cook defies doubters Cook is warmly applauded off the field at The Rose Bowl despite falling short of a century against India in 2014 There was worse still for Cook after the drubbing down under. A devastating defeat to Sri Lanka at Leeds in 2014 off the penultimate ball of the game that saw England lose the series, and an embarrassing 95-run second Test loss to India on a green-top at Lords perfectly catered for home advantage, had many calling for him to step down as skipper.They made a compelling case, as coupled with those heart-breaking defeats was that Cook couldnt buy a run - no Test tons for 14 matches, averaging 23.63. The captain, at his lowest ebb, himself admitted: No-one has a divine right to captain the side, or play in the side if theyre not performing.The tide began to turn though in the third Test at The Rose Bowl. After a painstaking 231-ball stay at the crease, Cook agonisingly fell five runs short of that long-awaited century. Regardless, the crowd appreciating the courage of a man under such pressure gave him a rousing reception from the crease. Cook would score an unbeaten 70 in the second innings, lead his side to a 3-1 series win, and would average 58.30, scoring three tons, in his next 14 Tests.Ashes redemption Cook celebrates winning back the Ashes urn in The Oval dressing room after a 3-2 win over Australia in 2015 599 days after handing the urn over to Australia, Cook has his redemption, said Sky Sports Nasser Hussain when calling Englands Ashes-winning moment in 2015, and how right he was too. 18 months on from his nadir as England captain at the hands of the Aussies, Cook was instrumental in wrestling the Ashes back.Not necessarily through sheer weight of runs - Cook hit just the two fifties across his nine innings in the series, averaging 36.66 - but through innovative captaincy, and impeccable leadership, specifically in rallying England from a 405-run thrashing at Lords that levelled the series after two Tests.Stuart Broads stunning 8-15 to bowl Australia out for just 60 on the first morning of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge all but ended the contest, though Cook would have to wait till The Oval to get his mitts on the urn, his redemption confirmed with a 3-2 series win.Watch the first Test between India and England from 3.30am on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD. Or watch the whole of the first Test for £10.99 without a contract - with a Week Pass from NOW TV. Also See: India v England stats Stuart Broad quiz Live cricket on Sky Ben Duckett blog Detroit Red Wings Pro Shop . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. Cheap Red Wings Jerseys . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. https://www.cheapredwings.com/ . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Fake Red Wings Jerseys . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. Red Wings Jerseys China . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Mets clinched a playoff spot Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 to secure the top National League wild card.The defending NL champions will host San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs.James Loney hit a two-run homer to back Bartolo Colon (15-8), and Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-high 51st save. T.J. Rivera, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single.The only other time the Mets made the postseason in consecutive years was 1999-2000. New York won the NL East last season and went all the way to the World Series before losing to Kansas City.By clinching with one day to spare in the regular season, the Mets can save All-Star ace Noah Syndergaard for the wild-card game. The big right-hander could still get a brief tuneup Sunday against the Phillies, but should be fresh for Wednesday.Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in what was likely his penultimate game with the Phillies, who have dropped six straight. Patrick Schuster (0-1) took the loss.GIANTS 3, DODGERS 0SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Ty Blach outpitched ace Clayton Kershaw, and San Francisco held its lead for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season.The Giants stayed one game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild card.Blach (1-0) earned his first big league victory, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked one in his second start in the majors, and also got his first two hits.Sergio Romo closed for his fourth save.Angel Pagan homered in the fifth off Kershaw (12-4) to break a scoreless tie. Kershaw will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Washington -- the Los Angeles loss gave the Nationals home-field advantage.CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3ST. LOUIS -- Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday provided another big boost and St. Louis pushed the playoff race to the final day.The Cardinals trail San Francisco by one game for the second NL wild card.Gyorkos 30th homer came off Felipe Rivero (1-6).Kevin Siegrist (6-3) pitched the eighth. Seung Hwan Oh left runners at second and third for his 19th save.YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 3NEW YORK -- Tyler Austin tied the score with a seventh-inning home run, Austin Romine and Brett Gardner drove in two runs each in the eighth and New York rallied from a three-run deficit to stall Baltimores playoff push.Thanks to Detroits loss Saturday night, however, Baltimore (88-73) can clinch an AL wild card with a win Sunday at Yankee Stadium.All-Star setup man Brad Brach (10-4) took the loss. He was charged with a season-high four runs.Tyler Clippard (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth, and Dellin Betances struck out the side after an infield hit in the ninth. The Yankees stopped the Orioles three-game winning streak and sent them to their second loss in eight games.Mark Trumbo had four hits for Baltimore, which built a 3-0 lead against Luis Severino on Michael Bourns two-run single and Manny Machados 37th home run. Machados third-inning, opposite-field drive to right ended an 0-for-17 slide.BRAVES 5, TIGERS 3ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and last-place Atlanta damaged Detroits playoff hopes.Detroit began the day a half-game behind Toronnto for the second AL wild card.dddddddddddd The loss meant the Tigers no longer controlled their own fate.The Tigers will have ace Justin Verlander on the mound Sunday. Depending on the playoff scenario, Detroits regular season might extend with a makeup home game Monday against Cleveland.Atlanta took a 5-2 lead in the seventh on Adonis Garcias two-run single, but reliever Mauricio Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Chaz Roe struck out Miguel Cabrera and got J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play.Braves closer Jim Johnson gave up a run in the ninth on Jose Iglesias infield single but retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez to earn his 19th save. The Braves have won 11 of 13 heading into the last game at Turner Field.Blair (2-7) entered with an 8.02 ERA but gave up four hits and two runs in five innings.Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) went four innings and is 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA in four starts since June 24.NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1WASHINGTON -- Nationals rookie Trea Turner hit his 13th homer, Tanner Roark tuned up for the playoffs with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Washington beat Miami while clinching home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.NL East champion Washingtons third trip to the postseason in five years will begin Friday in the nations capital against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with Max Scherzer slated to face Clayton Kershaw.The Nationals, it turned out, didnt need to beat the Marlins -- which they did, thanks to Turner, Roark (16-10) and Bryce Harpers RBI single. The Dodgers loss to San Francisco assured Washington a better record and was announced before the bottom of the seventh to the Nationals Park crowd of 31,635, which responded with a standing ovation.Wei-Yin Chen (5-5) allowed two runs in five innings.Mark Melancon got four outs for his 46th save.INDIANS 6, ROYALS 3KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Francisco Lindor hit a two-out, two-run double during an eighth-inning rally to help Cleveland beat Kansas City .Kevin McCarthy replaced Matt Strahm (2-2) with a runner on and walked the bases loaded before Lindors double over third base.Mike Clevinger (3-3) won for the AL Central champs by retiring the only two batters he faced. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.Trevor Bauer tuned up for the postseason by striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball. Bauer will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Boston.REDS 7, CUBS 4CINCINNATI -- Jon Lester failed to become a 20-game winner, struggling for the first time since mid-July as the Reds pulled away to a victory over whats likely to be the Cubs lineup for the first game of the playoffs.Lester (19-5) gave up five runs in five innings, including Eugenio Suarezs two-run homer and a pair of RBI by Joey Votto. The left-hander hadnt allowed five runs in a start since July 9.Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been getting players -- especially his starting pitchers -- some rest heading into the postseason. Even so, the Cubs have won eight of 12, finishing one of their best regular seasons with a flourish. Chicagos 102 victories are its most since 1910.Tim Adleman (4-4) gave up three runs in five innings as part of a rare Reds victory over Chicago. ' ' '

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