Proteas

Cooks in quirky piece of SA history?

2016-11-23 12:41
Stephen Cook (Getty)

Cape Town - A unique piece of history will be made if Proteas opener Stephen Cook takes first ball in the third Test against Australia on Thursday.

Cook's father, Jimmy Cook, played in just four ODIs for South Africa between 1991 and 1993. 

He was on that historic tour of India back in 1991, where he played in all three ODIs. 

The third ODI in New Delhi on November 14 was a day/night affair and saw the sides switch from their traditional whites to coloured clothing.

Chasing 288 for victory, Jimmy Cook took guard against Kapil Dev and, in doing so, became the first South African to ever face a white ball in international cricket. 

Jimmy Cook went on to make 35 that day as South Africa recorded their first post-isolation win on the international stage. 

Now, 25 years later almost to the day, the Proteas will take part in their first ever day/night Test match where a pink ball will be used. 

And, if Stephen Cook is selected for that historic day at the Adelaide Oval, he will become the first South African to ever face a pink ball in Test cricket should he take the strike ahead of Dean Elgar. 

Cook hasn't had the best of tours so far, scoring just 35 runs in his three Test innings so far. He will be desperate to score some runs in Adelaide, and he has no real worries over the pink ball.

"The more we play with it, the more we realise that it is actually fairly similar," Cook said on Cricket South Africa's Facebook page. 

"Maybe up front it swings a little bit more under lights, but after the first few overs it plays conventionally. I don't think you can shine it up like the red ball ... I think that is one of the main differences."

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