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Turkey using drug from China for coronavirus

first_imgTurkey’s health minister said Monday that the country is using a drug sent from China on patients suffering from the novel coronavirus. “From this morning we have brought a special drug used in China which is claimed to have resulted in improvements in intensive care patients, cutting their time in care from 11-12 days to four days,” Fahrettin Koca told reporters.He did not give more information on the drug but the anti-malarial drug chloroquine has recently been used to treat coronavirus patients in China as well as France. While Koca did not detail where the positive cases were in Turkey, he said the virus had spread across the country.He did say there were fewer than 10 cases in Turkey’s Van province, which borders badly-hit Iran.He also said some health workers had caught the coronavirus, without giving figures.A further 32,000 health workers will be employed during the crisis, he told a press conference in Ankara.Koca also said that face masks produced in Turkey “will not be exported” as the country was in need. There had been speculation that Koca might announce a state of emergency, but he urged Turks to “announce their own state of emergency” as he insisted citizens adhere to measures already announced by Ankara.Turkish authorities have ordered those aged 65 and above and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home, while most public spaces have been temporarily closed. Topics :center_img Some researchers have said chloroquine shows great promise, though scientists have agreed that more trials are needed to determine if the drug is really effective and safe.According to figures released late Monday, Turkey has officially recorded 1,529 coronavirus cases and 37 deaths.Koca said 50,000 rapid detection kits had arrived from China on Monday and had begun to be used, with 300,000 expected by Thursday.The minister added that the Chinese government agreed with Turkey to share information on the novel coronavirus as the two countries step up cooperation to fight against the pandemic.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta should consider signing PSG striker Edinson Cavani if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves Arsenal, says Darren Bent

first_imgMikel Arteta should consider signing PSG striker Edinson Cavani if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves Arsenal, says Darren Bent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta should consider signing PSG star Edinson Cavani if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves Arsenal this summer, according to former England striker Darren Bent.Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 matches for Arsenal since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and was named the Gunners’ club captain following Granit Xhaka’s axing earlier in the season.But despite his influence at the Emirates, Aubameyang is being strongly linked with a move away from north London ahead of the summer transfer window.Arteta still hopes to convince the Gabon international to sign a contract extension but Arsenal may be tempted to sell Aubameyang this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBent says Arsenal may well be forced to offload Aubameyang in the coming months and has identified Cavani as a potential target for the Gunners if they lose their star striker.Cavani has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over the past decade – scoring 200 goals in 301 games for PSG – but is looking for a new club ahead of the summer.‘I’d probably take the next six weeks and try and convince Aubameyang to stay,’ Bent told talkSPORT. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Jun 2020 11:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link369Shares Advertisement Darren Bent believes Arsenal should look to sign Edinson Cavani (Picture: Getty)‘But if towards the end of that six weeks you can’t convince him then you’ve got to try and get as much money as you can [for him].‘Arsenal fans will be sick of seeing their star – and captain – leave again for nothing.‘And I’d look to maybe replace him with somebody who will be Arsenal’s centre-forward for the next five years.‘But if that person isn’t out there then I’d look at someone like [Edinson] Cavani, who is coming out of contract now at PSG.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Even if you get him in for a season as a stopgap because you’ve got young strikers there like Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah who look like they can be top players.‘As an Arsenal fan, if Aubameyang left of course I’d be upset but I’d rather see him go now so we get something for him and can replace him than see him walk away for nothing in 12 months.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, broke his silence on his future at Arsenal over the weekend and insisted it was up to the Gunners to convince him to sign a new deal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Luiz and Sokratis have improved under Arteta at Arsenal, says SagnaMORE: Fabregas insists Arteta has ‘much harder job’ at Arsenal than Chelsea’s Lampard Advertisementlast_img read more

Jack Grealish urged to snub Manchester United transfer in favour of Arsenal by Don Hutchison

first_imgGrealish has a big decision to make on his future (Picture: Getty Images)Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison says Jack Grealish should snub Manchester United and move to Arsenal instead.The Aston Villa midfielder played a pivotal role in helping his boyhood club retain their Premier League status, but now faces a big decision on his next move.United are keen on bringing Grealish to Old Trafford, but Metro.co.uk understands that they are unwilling to meet Villa’s £75 million asking price.Arsenal have since expressed their interest in the English playmaker and Hutchison believes that given the competition in the Red Devils’ midfield, the 24-year-old would be better off joining the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think it’s all about timing,’ Hutchison told ESPN FC. ‘The form of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba has probably swayed Ole to stick with those two, if Paul Pogba hangs around, so timing is probably not on Jack’s side to go somewhere like Man United.  Advertisement Advertisement Grealish is on Solskjaer’s transfer wish list (Picture: Getty Images)‘I think he’d be a good signing for them, obviously, Liverpool as well. ‘I think Arsenal at this present time would be a very good move for him. ‘Having said that, it just depends on who else arsenal bring in. Because if they expect to bring in Jack Grealish for between £40-45m and expect Arsenal to get to the top four, it ain’t gonna happen. More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘So, if Jack Grealish is a stepping stone in terms of they’re going to then attract better players in different positions I.e. centre-halves, then they have got a chance. ‘I think for Jack it will be a pretty good move because they’re a footballing side.’MORE: Arsenal’s FA Cup final won’t be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club, says Mikel ArtetaMORE: Cesc Fabregas explains why his Chelsea team were winners and Arsenal were notFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment Jack Grealish urged to snub Manchester United transfer in favour of Arsenal by Don Hutchison Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 1:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas makes FA Cup final prediction and identifies ‘big problem’ for Arsenal against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Pulisic has been in devastating form for the Blues (Picture: Getty)Ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in outstanding form for Chelsea since the season’s restart – scoring seven goals in all competitions – but Nicholas feels Pulisic poses an even more significant threat.‘The big problem for me is not so much our former player Giroud – although he has been in excellent goalscoring form – but it’s probably the player who has impressed as much as anybody apart from De Bruyne or Mane this season and that’s Pulisic,’ Nicholas added.‘Pulisic has been absolutely breathtaking to watch, even as an Arsenal man worrying about him for this FA Cup final. ‘But I’m pretty confident. We’ve got goals in the team at Arsenal, we’ve got pace. I’d like to see Saka start rather than Pepe with Lacazette or Aubameyang.  I’m confident and I can see Arsenal just nicking it.’Which team will come out on top in the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil’s agent speaks out on Arsenal future and reveals likely leaving dateMORE: Olivier Giroud explains why he’s not ‘worried’ about Timo Werner’s arrival at Chelsea Charlie Nicholas makes FA Cup final prediction and identifies ‘big problem’ for Arsenal against Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 4:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Commentcenter_img Nicholas says Luiz’s mistakes are a cause for concern (Picture: Getty)And Nicholas is predicting a similar outcome on Saturday evening despite his concerns about Arsenal’s error-prone central defender David Luiz.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The way that David Luiz plays, you don’t know what will happen,’ the ex-Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.‘That’s the fabric of the personality that Chelsea had and got the best out of and Arsenal have and don’t get the best out of. ‘He’s a real talent and I love watching him when he’s in form and he fancies it but he’s got a mistake in him because of the fabric of his personality. ‘So we have to take that risk, we don’t have many choices at the back. It’ll be a back-three, David Luiz will be the central figure in that and we have to rely on him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalNicholas continued: ‘The thing is, Chelsea have also been playing with a back-three recently and I don’t think they’re any better than Arsenal so the wide areas is going to be key.‘I’m delighted that Tierney has finally got fit and starting to look the real deal for Arsenal and I think that really that’s where Arsenal could win this: in the wide areas, with pace and pinning Chelsea back.’ Chelsea and Arsenal do battle at Wembley in this year’s FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to get their hands on the FA Cup for a 14th time this weekend but believes Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic could be a ‘big problem’ for his former club at Wembley. Both Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard will be looking to secure their first piece of silverware in what is a repeat of the 2017 final after Arsenal saw off Manchester City and Chelsea defeated Manchester United in the last round.Arsenal came out on top three years ago as Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey got on the scoresheet versus a 10-man Chelsea side – the result saw the Gunners overtake Manchester United to become most the successful team in the history of the competition. Advertisementlast_img read more

OFW ‘sweeper flights’ send authorities scrambling

first_imgAt around 11:30 a.m., the first Philippine Airlines plane from Manila carrying 130 Western Visayan OFWs landed at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. * Guimaras – 3 “Nag-scramble kami sa pag-prepare,” Iglesia, a member of Western Visayas’ interagency task force on coronavirus disease   2019 (COVID-19), told Panay News yesterday. If the LGUs did not have quarantine facilities, Villa said, they should bring their overseas workers to a hotel./PN Their testing and return to Region 6 were facilitated by the Department of Health (DOH), OWWA, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). Of these 687 repatriates, 232 were residents of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental while 455 were residents of Panay and Guimaras islands. They were the fifth batch (transported by ship) of OFWs allowed to return to Region 6 since April, according to Atty. Roy Villa, spokesperson of the regional interagency task force. They were mostly seafarers, Villa told Panay News. ILOILO City – “Nag-scramble.” In Negros Occidental, the first sweeper flight with 156 OFWs landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport past 6 p.m. Another one was expected a few hours after. TRAVEL BY SEA On Sunday night, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) informed local authorities that one airplane from Manila would be flying to the region on Monday some stranded OFWs. But yesterday morning, OWWA informed them there would four more sweeper flights. At the Iloilo Airport, the 130 OFWs from the first sweeper flight were immediately transported to the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City for “segregation.” This was because, according to sources, local authorities were clueless as to the number of the returning overseas workers. They were not given a breakdown by the authorities from Metro Manila. * Antique – 15 At the sports complex, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6, another member of the regional interagency task force, eventually had this breakdown of the OFWs from the first sweeper flight: This was how Director Ariel Iglesia of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 described local authorities upon learning that not one but five “sweeper flights” would bring back to Western Visayas yesterday hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Metro Manila for over two months due to the quarantine. * Iloilo City – 11 From the Iloilo Sports Complex, local government units (LGUs) fetched their OFWs for 14 days of quarantine and COVID-19 testing in their respective hometowns or cities. * Iloilo Province – 57 It was all so sudden. President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered that all OFWs stuck in quarantine centers in Metro Manila be sent back to their respective provinces, cities and towns within the week. * Capiz – 19 Also yesterday, 687 Western Visayan overseas workers stranded in Metro Manila were finally able to return to the region. LGUs of these repatriated workers fetched them at Bredco Port in Bacolod City and Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. The workers were to be quarantined in their respective towns and cities and also re-tested as required by the regional COVID task force. * Aklan – 25 OWWA tapped huge Ceres buses to transport the OFWs from the airport to the Iloilo Sports Complex. The ship that transported the overseas workers from Metro Manila, M/V St. Therese Child of Jesus, first docked at the Bredco port in Bacolod City at around 10 a.m. before proceeding to Iloilo City. FINALLY, BACK IN ILOILO. Repatriated Ilonggo overseas workers queue to board buses at the Iloilo Airport for a short trip to the Iloilo Sports Complex where their local government units would fetch them on May 25, 2020. They will have to undergo another 14 days of quarantine and another test for coronavirus disease. OWWA-6 PHOTO However, LGUs not yet ready with their quarantine facilities were told to bring their OFWs to the OWWA-designated hotel in Iloilo City for quarantine and testing. OWWA would be shouldering the food and accommodation of these OFWs. The second plane with 145 OFWs touched down past 5 p.m. and a third was scheduled to arrive at around 8 p.m. They completed 14 days of quarantine and were all tested negative for COVID-19 in reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests done in Metro Manila, said Villa.last_img read more

Bryan Paul King

first_imgBryan Paul King, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away June 13, 2017.He was born April 1, 1987 in Cincinnati, OH. Bryan worked as a Construction Worker for CTL Construction Company. He  attended Grace Church of the Valley.  Bryan was a dare devil when he was a child, he loved the outdoors, working on cars, water parks, Nascar and he didn’t miss General Hospital.  His favorite past time was time spent with family and friends.Surviving are his wife, Maria King of Aurora, IN; children, Jazzmen King, Bryan King Jr., Heaven Leigh Cantwell, Zechariah Carter of Aurora, IN; father, William King Sr. of Dalton, GA; mother, Betty Henson Stoops of Aurora, IN; brothers, William King Jr. of Aurora, IN, Brandon King of Aurora, IN; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.Friends will be received Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mchanic St., Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made towards the funeral expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Sundowns strike down Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs in title race

first_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian Chiefs manager Ernst Middendorp made a bold team selection by trusting 17-year-old Keletso Sifama (the youngest ever player in the first team) with a starting berth ahead of Khama Billiat, while Lebogang Manyana and Erick Mathoho returned to the run-on XI. The Amakhosi looked dangerous on transition in the opening quarter of the game, but it was their own goalkeeper who made the first notable save, with Daniel Akpeyi tipping away a goal-bound shot direct from a free-kick by Lyle Lakay in the 20th minute. Fourteen minutes later Sundowns went ahead through a brilliant goal. Themba Zwane took three defenders out of the game with a superb reverse-flick assist and Gaston Sirino did the rest, striking the ball past the right hand of Akpeyi and into the bottom corner of the net. The Brazilians were boosted by the goal and looked capable of adding to their advantage before the halftime break, but they weren’t quite able to capitalise and went to the change room with only a 1-0 lead to show for their efforts. Chiefs made three changes at the start of the second half, introducing Dumisani Zuma, Khama Billiat, and Anthony Akumu Agay off the bench in an effort to get their attack clicking. Within the opening two minutes, Bernard Parker forced ‘Downs goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene into tipping a long-range effort onto the top of his crossbar. Loading… read also:Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs suffer setback in S/Africa’s PSL The Zambian shot-stopper was in action again in the 51st minute, bravely smothering the ball at the feet of Zuma after a neat one-two between the substitute and Manyama on the edge of the penalty area. The Amakhosi kept probing in attack but Sundowns came within inches of claiming a second goal in the 77th minute. Substitute Lebohang Maboe benefited from a mix-up in the hosts’ defence and had a clear sight of goal, but struck the inside of the post with a left-footed effort. Ultimately Sundowns were able to hold out for a hard-fought win which puts them right in the frame to claim a third successive Absa Premiership title. The teams will return to league action on Sunday 30 August, with Chiefs visiting Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium in the afternoon and Sundowns hosting Baroka FC at Dobsonville Stadium in the evening. Kaizer Chiefs 0 Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 1 (Sirino 34’) TEAMS: Kaizer Chiefs: Akpeyi, Frosler, Moleko (Zulu 76’), Cardoso, Mathoho, Sasman, Katsande (Agay 46’), Sifama (Zuma 46’ [Mphahlele 90+4’]), Parker, Manyama, Kambole (Billiat 46’) Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, Ngcongca, Madisha, Coetzee, Lebusa, Lakay, Mkhulise (Mahlambi 80’), Kekana (Arendse 83’), Zwane (Jali 65’), Sirino (Maboe 65’), Meza (Langerman 80’) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mamelodi Sundowns have struck a major blow in the Absa Premiership title race after defeating Daniel Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Thursday evening. The result – secured by a first-half goal from Gaston Sirino – sees the Brazilians join the Amakhosi on 53 points at the top of the log, with just three rounds of the 2019-20 league season remaining. The Soweto giants continue to hold the top spot with a superior goal difference (+21 compared to +16), but that will be of little consolation after a run of form in which they have won just once in five matches since the restart and given up a significant lead.last_img read more

Steven Naismith completes move to Norwich from Everton

first_img Naismith has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Canaries for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8.5million. The Norfolk club have been proactive in the January transfer window, bolstering their squad for the survival battle ahead by bringing in Swiss defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg, Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb and York teenager Ben Godfrey, while winger Matt Jarvis has turned his loan switch from West Ham into a permanent deal. Naismith had been tracked by Norwich in the summer, but the two clubs were unable to broker a deal. During September, the Scottish marksman netted a hat-trick in Everton’s 3-1 Premier League win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, but has seen his opportunities to play regular football limited, as well as overcoming a recent ankle injury. Naismith made a total of 13 appearances for the Toffees this season, also scoring in the Capital One Cup win at Barnsley. “Where I was in my career, the age I am and the way the first half of the season has gone for me, I had to think a lot about the future,” Naismith said on www.canaries.co.uk. “When January came, it was a case of knowing exactly where I stood and the manager at Everton was good and said that he’d listen to whatever I wanted. “Norwich have displayed class in the way they’ve done their business all the way through. “They’ve been fantastic in the sense of showing how much they wanted me, and I’m delighted to be here.” The 29-year-old is determined to make the most of his opportunity at Carrow Road, and could make his debut in the home game against Liverpool on Saturday. Norwich have announced the signing of Scottish forward Steven Naismith from Everton. Press Association “I want to settle in quickly, get involved and play my part in games. I want to contribute to a team effort to move this club forward,” he added. “I am expecting to go straight into the training. The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the (Liverpool) game and hopefully I’m involved in some respect. “I have played a couple of times here and it’s always a great atmosphere with a full crowd, and I look forward to being on the right side of the fans.” Naismith started his career at Kilmarnock, before moving to Rangers in August 2007, where he would win the Scottish Premier League title three times. After leaving Scotland in the summer of 2012, Naismith went on to make 123 appearances for the Toffees, scoring a total of 25 goals. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was sorry to be losing the services of a “true professional”. “It gets to a point where, this season, we had a lot of options going forward and the playing minutes have been a bit of a problem,” Martinez said on www.evertonfc.com. “Steven is a professional who needs to play and he feels at this moment in his career that he needs to be playing games and that’s very respected from my point of view. “We got a really good value out of a very good servant, he is leaving terrific memories and we wish him the very best in the future and in this new chapter of his career.” Canaries boss Alex Neil hopes Naismith can add a cutting edge to his team, which lost 3-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday. “He is a proven performer at Premier League level and an established international with Scotland so arrives with excellent pedigree,” said Neil. Norwich sold forward Lewis Grabban back to Bournemouth earlier this month, while it remains to be seen whether moves away for Gary Hooper or Kyle Lafferty will be sanctioned before the deadline. last_img read more

India get past Maldives; to meet Pakistan in semis of SAFF Cup

first_imgDhaka, Sep 9: The Indian football team defeated the Maldives 2-0 to book a semi-final clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in the SAFF Cup here on Sunday. The semi-final which will be the first official meeting of the two teams after a gap of five years will be played at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Stadium on Wednesday.The last time the two teams had met in an official match was also in a SAFF Championship in Kathmandu in September 2013. India had won 1-0 on that occasion.On Sunday, maiden International goals from Nikhil Poojary (36th) and Manvir Singh (45th) helped India to finish on pole position in Group B with 6 points. IANSlast_img read more

Hayden’s grand record within Smith’s reach

first_imgSTEVE Smith continues to rewrite Test batting records, becoming just the second man in history to score more than 1000 runs in a calendar year on four consecutive occasions.Australia’s skipper breezed past the 1000-run milestone for 2017 on day three of the third Magellan Ashes Test in Perth having notched his 22nd Test ton and his second of the series.QUICK SINGLEIn doing so, he became the fourth Australian after Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to reach 1000 in a year four times and the second worldwide after Hayden to do it in consecutive years.Hayden achieved the feat five times in a row between 2001 and 2005, a record Smith could match if he crosses the 1000-run barrier again in 2018.While Australia’s exact Test schedule for next year is yet to be finalised, it’s expected Smith will have 10 Tests to top 1000 runs in 2018, which is the number of games it took him to do so this year.And based on the form he displayed in moving to stumps on 92 not out yesterday, he’d be favoured to match Hayden’s record 12 months from now.“He’s played with a cigar in his mouth,” former England skipper Michael Vaughan told Test Match Special when trying to explain the ease with which Smith batted on Friday.“He’s hardly broken sweat, he’s batted wonderfully well.”In reaching his hundred, Smith also became the third-fastest man to 22 Test centuries in this, his 108th career innings and 59th Test. Sir Donald Bradman (58 innings) and India’s Sunil Gavaskar (101 innings) are the quickest to that mark.Smith is the 11th man in history to notch a 1000-run year four times, with Indian Sachin Tendulkar (six times), Hayden, Ponting, England’s Alastair Cook, South African Jacques Kallis, West Indian Brian Lara and Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara (all five times) doing it on more than four occasions.While Hayden’s dominant start to the 21st century, where he averaged 1273 runs per year for five straight years, leaves him as the only man to have achieved the 1000-run milestone five times consecutively, Ponting fell just short of achieving that feat as well.A sub-standard 2004, when he scored 697 runs at 41 in his first year as Test captain and missed three Tests due to a combination of injury and personal reasons, was sandwiched between dual 1000-run years in 2003 and 2003 as well as 2005 and 2006.Lara also fell just short of five consecutive 1000-run years when an injury and illness-plagued 2002 saw him score just 351 runs in seven Tests, breaking a streak of 1000-run years in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.1000 RUNS IN A CALENDAR YEAR(four times or more)Steve Smith (Australia) – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017Alastair Cook (England) – 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014Michael Clarke (Australia) – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013Kevin Pietersen (England) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008Matthew Hayden (Australia) – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005Brian Lara (West Indies) – 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005Sunil Gavaskar (India) – 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983FASTEST TO 22 TEST CENTURIESSir Donald Bradman (Australia) – 58 inningsSunil Gavaskar (India) – 101 inningsSteve Smith (Australia) – 108 inningsSachin Tendulkar (India) – 114 inningsMatthew Hayden (Australia) – 128 inningslast_img read more