• Cook sizzles at St George’s

    December 28, 2016
    Stephen Cook celebrates another hundred

    Proteas opener Stephen Cook is awarded our Play of the Day for his century on day three of the first Test at St George’s Park.

    Cook’s knock of 117 was beautifully paced. He reached 100 in 152 balls, and scored 11 boundaries over the course of his innings.

    Cook offered up a chance at gully when he was on 62. The South African flashed at a wide delivery by Suranga Lakmal, and the ball flew to Dhananjaya de Silva. De Silva grassed the chance, and Cook proceeded to make the Sri Lankans pay for the mistake.

    Cook has now scored three centuries in seven Tests. He went past his previous best Test score (115) at St George’s Park.

    There’s been plenty of debate around South Africa’s opening combination in recent months. The pair certainly quietened the talk when it amassed 104 for the first wicket on day one at St George’s Park. In the first innings, Cook scored 59 and Dean Elgar 45.

    Clearly that was no fluke. In the second innings, Cook and Elgar clubbed together for a 116-run partnership. Both men grafted hard for their respective fifties before Elgar perished for 52.

    Cook and Elgar have joined an elite club. Before their stand against Sri Lanka on day three of the first Test at St George’s Park, only one set of South African openers had recorded partnerships in excess of 100 runs in both innings of a Test (Bob Catteral and Bruce Mitchell n 1929).



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    31 comments
    Alta Hechter
    Alta Hechter

    Baie goed gespeel. Kannie wag vir die volgende 100-tal nie!! Doet zo voort...

    Tirelo K Mamosebo
    Tirelo K Mamosebo

    Bavuma has the third best average aftet Amla nDe Kock this year.... If you want someone to sit at has to be betwwen Duminy n Elgar

    Petrus Coetzee
    Petrus Coetzee

    Tirelo K Mamosebo what is Bavuma's first class and test averages?

    Dennis Maduna
    Dennis Maduna

    The proteas side isn't picked on one's first class average but how you do in the SA A side and that side is picked based on potential. Bavuma cannot be dropped because he didn't score runs in the first innings that's kinda messed up. AB is injured so lets leave it as it is and focus on the lads that are there. In 2016 Themba's average is 45 and he's a great fielder.

    Ruaan Badenhorst
    Ruaan Badenhorst

    @tirelo,yes 3rd best avg but is bavuma our best no 5 bat.. his inconsistant and no 5 is a important number in your batting order

    Dennis Maduna
    Dennis Maduna

    The proteas side isn't picked on one's first class average but how you do in the SA A side and that side is picked based on potential. Bavuma cannot be dropped because he didn't score runs in the first innings that's kinda messed up. AB is injured so lets leave it as it is and focus on the lads that are there. In 2016 Themba's average is 45 and he's a great fielder.

    Sihle Malanda
    Sihle Malanda

    Don't try and argue with Petrus . He called the black players Quotas who didn't deserve to play for their country and then he went silent when those same black players contributed to beating Australia!

    Petrus Coetzee
    Petrus Coetzee

    Sinoxolo Rara Molefe correct. His first class average?

    Ruaan Badenhorst
    Ruaan Badenhorst

    @dennis,bavuma is picked to make runs not as a great fielder and at the moment his not making runs

    Ta Push
    Ta Push

    Well played to him the he gave his weeket away

    Clinton Prins
    Clinton Prins

    Cook scores ugly runs, I don't know how he got to average 40 in first class cricket with a technique and shots like that but like most people say runs are runs no matter how you get them, he definitely doesn't have a solid technique he looks like he can get dismissed at any time but he has gotten away with that technique for years so I guess it works for him

    Marius Pruis
    Marius Pruis

    Highest highest first class score in Sa Cricket history. Nothing wrong with how he plays

    Sibabalwe Sba Ngishe
    Sibabalwe Sba Ngishe

    hahaha yes man his technique is hourable but it works for him. there's another opener for aussies, his got a hourable tech also but he scores runs. aslong he (Cook) gets runs.

    Sidney Butcher
    Sidney Butcher

    Me too, I am also a opener but my tech is is funny, but is is the only way we know how to bat our way through

    Enoch Zantsi
    Enoch Zantsi

    He's tenacious but yeah, he's by no means orthodox. But like the two Smiths, Graham and Steven, he can be a highly successful unorthodox batsman.

    Clinton Prins
    Clinton Prins

    I'm not saying he's a bad batsman all I'm saying is he doesn't have a solid technique, not enough feet movement, predominantly hand and eye coordination player but like I said he gets a away with it which is probably what got him into the side, but yeah he doesn't look like a guy who's hard to get out with the way he plays

    Enoch Zantsi
    Enoch Zantsi

    He had 3 successful tours on the trot, an average one in Australia and one match...mind you. Looking at the past year, he's been one of the most consistent batsmen along Quinny. I don't think there's anything to worry about yet.

    Enoch Zantsi
    Enoch Zantsi

    His conversion, is worrisome, if anything. He gets starts and 50s without converting them to centuries. This will hurt any test batsman.

    Ta Push
    Ta Push

    Why did Temba walk when it clearly shows that he did not heat that ball?

    Sdunkero Sduduzo Mkhwanazi
    Sdunkero Sduduzo Mkhwanazi

    I see your point Enoch but he gives away too many chances and plays too far away from his pads and lately he has been found out.