Simon Cook (English cricketer)

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Simon Cook
Personal information
Full name Simon James Cook
Born (1977-01-15) 15 January 1977 (age 40)
Oxford, England
Nickname Cooky, Chef, Buffet
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium-fast
Role Bowler
Relations Adam Cook (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005 – 2012 Kent (squad no. 7)
1997 – 2004 Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 141 190 73
Runs scored 2,557 1,253 168
Batting average 16.62 16.93 18.66
100s/50s 0/7 0/2 0/0
Top score 93* 67* 25*
Balls bowled 21,031 8,257 1,531
Wickets 342 234 85
Bowling average 32.14 27.93 22.57
5 wickets in innings 12 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 8/63 6/37 3/13
Catches/stumpings 34/– 29/– 15/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 January 2016

Simon James Cook (born 15 January 1977 in Oxford) is a former English cricketer who is the head coach of the Hong Kong cricket team. He was a right-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Middlesex and Kent at first class level between 1999 and 2012. Cook batted right handed.

His brother, Adam, has played Minor counties and List A cricket for Oxfordshire.

Cricket career[edit]

Cook initially played in 1996 for Cumnor in Oxfordshire before a year later being signed by Middlesex along with Andrew Strauss. After suffering from shin splints and stress fractures he gradually established himself as a front-line bowler in the County Championship. In 2004 he scored 39 wickets in the National League, equalling the record of Adam Hollioake.[1]

After seven years at Middlesex, Cook signed a contract with Kent at the end of 2004.[2] He became a regular first teamer, mostly taking the new ball. He won the 2007 Twenty20 Cup and the 2009 County Championship Division Two title with the county. He retired from county cricket at the end of the 2012 county season.

Coaching career[edit]

He had completed his coaching training to the highest level whilst still a player and took a role coaching France before the 2013 European T20 Championship.[3][1] He then took a role as head coach of the Hong Kong Cricket Club[1] before becoming the bowling coach of the Hong Kong national cricket team in 2013.[4]

In 2015 he was appointed the head coach of the Hong Kong national side.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cook to coach French national team, Oxford Mail, 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  2. ^ Seamer Cook makes Kent move, BBC Sport, 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ Veteran bowler Simon Cook to leave Kent, BBC Sport, 2012-08-12. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  4. ^ Simon Cook appointed Specialist Bowling Coach for ICC World Cup Qualifier, ESPN Cricinfo, 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  5. ^ Cook eager for England reunion, ESPN Cricinfo, 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-01-29.

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