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Proteas adds veteran Stephen Cook to Test squad

CSA today added Stephen Cook to the Proteas squad for the final Test match against England on Friday.

Highveld Lions opening batsman Stephen Cook. Picture: Cricket South Africa/Facebook.
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CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa (CSA) today added Stephen Cook to the Proteas squad for the final Test match against England, starting at SuperSport Park on Friday.

England have already secured the four-match series after their win at the Wanderers.

With batting the biggest concern for the Proteas right now, Cooks’ inclusion is no surprise and is warranted.

The Lions opening batsman has been in sublime form of late. He currently sits atop the domestic four-day cricket batting averages with 415 runs at an average of 83 including two centuries.

He also scored 53 batting valiantly against England for South Africa ‘A’ in warm up match in Pietermaritzburg.

Cook currently averages 41,50 in first class cricket with highest score of 390. The 33-year-old cricketer has been consistent for a number of years in domestic cricket and there have been many calls for his inclusion into the Test side as the Proteas continue to struggle with the bat.

If he does gain selection for the final XI he will part of the first ever father and son combination to represent the Proteas in a Test match.

His father, Jimmy, played in three Test matches against India and Sri Lanka between 1992 and 1993.

“Stephen has been in excellent form this season,” said CSA Selection Convener, Linda Zondi.

Zondi says he gives CSA another option at the top of the order.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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