Dad's advice to Stephen Cook: Don't get out off the first ball just like me

Centurion: South Africa opener Stephen Cook revealed he was inspired to a debut Test century on Friday by his father Jimmy who flopped to a first ball duck on his international bow over 20 years ago.

Stephen Cook
Stephen Cook

Cook, 33, clipped his first ball from England’s James Anderson for four and went on to make a polished 115.

Jimmy Cook had to wait until he was 39 to make his official Test debut against India in Durban in 1992-93 — and was out first ball. Stephen Cook also had a long wait to get a Test cap.

“He gave me a call last night and said, ‘my boy, if you just don’t get out to the first one you are already better than me?’ ” Cook Jr said.

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