Jimmy Cook

Country: South Africa
Born: July 31, 1953, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak

Jimmy Cook Bio

Stephen James Cook, fondly known as Jimmy Cook, is a former South African cricketer who was widely recognized for his exceptional opening batting skills. However, his career faced unfortunate circumstances, as it coincided with the final years of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite the challenges he encountered, Cook’s talent and determination allowed him to leave an indelible mark on cricket.

Born on January 5, 1952, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Cook initially played as a middle-order batsman for Transvaal before making the decision to switch to opening. This move proved to be the turning point in his career, as he soared to new heights and shattered numerous domestic records for his province. His stellar performances did not go unnoticed, and he was given an opportunity to play overseas for Somerset.

During his three summers with Somerset, Cook established himself as a batsman of extraordinary ability. He amassed an impressive tally of over 7500 runs, including an astounding 28 centuries. His time with Somerset showcased his true potential and undoubtedly solidified his place as one of South Africa’s premier opening batsmen.

Although Cook’s international debut came relatively late in his career, at the age of almost forty, he was selected to represent South Africa against several rebel touring sides. However, when South Africa eventually returned to the international fold, Cook was not in the national team’s plans. Despite this setback, Cook finally made his Test debut against India in the 1992-93 season.

Unfortunately, by the time Cook graced the international stage, he had begun to struggle against pacers, and his once exceptional fielding had diminished. Yet, despite these challenges, his unwavering enthusiasm and determination remained intact. Cook even took on the responsibility of captaining Transvaal during the later stages of his career, leading the team to success.

After retiring as a player, Cook ventured into coaching roles, leaving a lasting impact on the sport. He started as the director of coaching with the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) before moving on to a brief but unsuccessful stint with Hampshire, which culminated in his dismissal in 2002. Cook’s coaching prowess became evident during his time at King Edward School in Johannesburg, where he played a significant role in the development of the young prodigy Graeme Smith.

Continuing his coaching endeavors, Cook transitioned into the role of a batting coach for the Highveld Lions, where his wealth of experience and knowledge further contributed to the growth of aspiring cricketers.

Jimmy Cook’s illustrious career, marred by the apartheid regime, is a testament to his resilience and unwavering passion for the game. Despite the challenges he faced, Cook’s exceptional batting skills, combined with his coaching contributions, have left an indelible imprint on South African cricket. His legacy continues to inspire aspiring cricketers and serves as a reminder of the unwavering spirit of the human endeavor and dedication to the sport.

Jimmy Cook Career Stats

Jimmy Cook Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 107 43 17.83 373 28.68 0 0 10 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 4 0 67 35 16.75 118 56.77 0 0 4 0 1 0
FC 270 475 57 21143 313* 50.58 - - 64 87 - - 157 0
List A 286 281 24 10639 177 41.39 - - 24 63 - - 89 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Jimmy Cook Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 270 - 144 107 3 2/25 - 35.66 4.45 48 - 0 0
List A 286 - 6 4 1 1/4 1/4 4 4 6 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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