Sangakkara reaches landmark

January 03, 2015 10:58:54 UK

Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakkara has broken the record for the fastest player to reach 12,000 Test runs, during their ongoing clash with New Zealand on Saturday.

The 37-year-old, who is only the fifth player in the history of the game to reach 12,000 runs in the Test format, managed to perform the feat in his 224th innings.

Other greats of the game in the form of India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Australia’s Ricky Ponting both required 247 innings to surpass the mark.

A 33 not-out for Sri Lanka on Saturday saw Sangakkara sit on 12,028 at the close of play, with his side on 78-5 in Wellington, after New Zealand were bowled out for 221 on day one of the second Test.

Captain Angelo Mathews has admitted Sangakkara was working extremely hard in the nets before the clash in Wellington to make sure he quickly got over the mark.

“When he fails, it’s a coach’s nightmare,” said Mathews. “You have to throw balls to him for hours and hours. He’s been working really hard in the nets and he’s desperate to go out there and get runs.”

New Zealand are 1.72 to win the second Test, with Sri Lanka 5.00 and the draw 3.75.

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