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.
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.