Jimmy Cook

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Jimmy Cook
Personal information
Full name Stephen James Cook
Born (1953-07-31) 31 July 1953 (age 61)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
Relations SC Cook (Son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 247) 13 November 1992 v India
Last Test 25 August 1993 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 1) 10 November 1991 v India
Last ODI 2 September 1993 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1972–1995 Transvaal
1989–1991 Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 3 4 270 286
Runs scored 107 67 21143 10639
Batting average 17.83 16.75 50.58 41.39
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 64/87 24/63
Top score 43 35 313* 177
Balls bowled 144 6
Wickets 3 1
Bowling average 35.66 4.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/25 1/4
Catches/stumpings 0/– 1/– 157/– 89/–
Source: CricketArchive, 15 January 2010

Stephen James "Jimmy" Cook (born 31 July 1953) is a former South African cricketer who played in three Tests and four ODIs from 1991 to 1993. His son Stephen Cook currently plays for Gauteng.

Cook was a prolific opening batsman both in his native South Africa and for Somerset County Cricket Club but South Africa's exclusion from Test cricket cost him a significant Test career. He played in all 19 of South Africa's 'unofficial Test matches' against rebel sides.[1] Aged over 40, and having waited two decades for an official Test cap, he edged Kapil Dev's opening ball, a late outswinger, to third slip in the First Test between South Africa and India at Durban in November 1992, to become the first debutant to be dismissed by the first ball of a Test match;[1] Leon Garrick of the West Indies also suffered this fate nine years later.

Originally a middle-order batsman for Transvaal, his career blossomed when he converted to the opening position. He formed a formidable opening partnership with Henry Fotheringham, helping the Transvaal dominate the domestic scene in the 1980s. He captained the province later on in his career, and remains the third highest run scorer in South African first class cricket.

Ignored by county cricket in England until late in his career, he scored over 7,500 runs for Somerset in his three seasons with the club, including a 28 hundreds. In 270 first-class matches, he scored 21,143 runs with a top score of 313* at an average of 50.58. He scored 64 first-class hundreds. In 286 List A cricket games, he made 10,639 runs at 41.39 with a best of 177.

After Cook retired he became director of coaching with the UCBSA, and had an unsuccessful spell with Hampshire which ended in 2002. As a coach at King Edward School in Johannesburg he oversaw the development of Graeme Smith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. pp. 200–201. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 

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