Stephen Cook

Country: South Africa
Born: November 29, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Stephen Cook Bio

Stephen Craig Cook is a South African cricketer who rose to prominence as an opening batsman with his textbook technique and calm temperament. Born on December 29, 1982, Cook followed in the footsteps of his father, former cricketer Jimmy Cook, and began his cricketing journey at the King Edward VII School, where he played alongside future national captain Graeme Smith.

Cook’s playing style differed from Smith’s aggression, as he focused on correctness and elegant shots, particularly displaying a serene cover drive and confident pull shot. In the 2000/01 season, Cook made his provincial debut for Gauteng, also representing South Africa’s under-19 team. Notably, he was part of the under-19 side that competed in the 2002 World Cup, alongside talented players like Smith and Hashim Amla. Cook emerged as South Africa’s second-highest run-scorer and only centurion in the tournament, showcasing his immense potential.

While Cook’s initial years in the Gauteng and later Lions set-up were filled with competition for a regular spot, by the mid-2000s, he had established himself as a reliable opener. His breakthrough came during the 2008-2009 season when he broke the South African first-class record for the highest individual score. In a marathon innings that lasted just two minutes short of 14 hours, Cook scored an astonishing 390 runs, surpassing Daryll Cullinan’s previous record of 337. Additionally, Cook participated in a record-breaking 365-run sixth-wicket partnership with Thami Tsolekile, further solidifying his reputation as a standout performer.

Despite consistently ranking among the top ten first-class run-scorers for seven seasons, Cook’s national call-up remained elusive. However, his persistence and exceptional performances paid off in January 2016, as he was finally selected to represent South Africa in a Test match against England in Centurion. Cook made an immediate impact, becoming the sixth South African cricketer to score a century on debut, leading his team to their sole victory in the four-match series.

Cook’s achievements have rightfully earned him recognition as a dependable and skillful opening batsman. His career statistics speak volumes about his consistency and dedication to the sport. With over 13,000 first-class runs and numerous records to his name, Cook’s contributions to South African cricket cannot be underestimated.

Off the field, Cook is known for his humble nature and professionalism. He exemplifies the values of a true sportsman, demonstrating unwavering dedication and a calm demeanor even under pressure. His commitment to the game, combined with his technical prowess, establishes Cook as one of South Africa’s finest cricketers.

Regardless of the challenges faced early in his career, Stephen Craig Cook’s talent and determination prevailed, and he has rightfully earned his place among the elite cricketers of South Africa. As he continues to contribute to the game at the domestic level, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await further opportunities to witness his remarkable skills on the international stage.

Stephen Cook Career Stats

Stephen Cook Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 19 0 632 117 33.26 1402 45.07 3 2 66 0 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 229 422 33 15396 390 39.57 - - 48 60 - - 137 0
List A 170 165 12 5874 127* 38.39 7487 78.45 11 42 - - 31 0
T20s 23 23 0 554 66 24.08 465 119.13 0 2 73 1 3 0

Stephen Cook Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 11 1 12 16 0 - - - 8 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 229 - 822 485 11 3/42 3/42 44.09 3.54 74.7 0 0 0
List A 170 - 243 248 6 1/2 1/2 41.33 6.12 40.5 0 0 0
T20s 23 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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