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Cooks make quirky SA cricketing history

2016-11-24 08:17
Stephen Cook (Getty)

Cape Town - A piece of South African cricketing history was made at a little after 05:30 (SA time) on Thursday morning when the first ball in the third Test between Australia and the Proteas in Adelaide was bowled.

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Proteas opener Stephen Cook took strike, becoming the first South African to ever face a pink ball in Test cricket.

25 years ago, it was Cook's father, Jimmy, who became the first South African to ever face a white ball in international cricket on South Africa's historic tour of India.

On that tour back in 1991, Jimmy Cook took guard against Indian legend Kapil Dev in the third ODI in New Delhi on November 14.

It was a day/night affair and saw the sides switch from their traditional whites (in the first two ODIs) to coloured clothing - and the white ball.

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

On Thursday, Cook junior was dismissed for 40.

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