Sunday, October 25, 2009

Stephen Cook becomes a man

Unfortunately, this story isn't about a young man remaining a virgin for far too long (for that story, wait for my autobiography). Instead, this is in acknowledgment of Stephen Cook's mammoth innings for The Lions this weekend.

Stephen batted for 838 minutes, which in more relate-able figures is 20 episodes of Dexter, facing 648 balls and managing 390 runs*.

That's the highest SA first class innings, absolutely smashing Cullinan's record of 337. It's also the 4th longest innings in first class cricket worldwide.

SA are looking for a test opener. Would it be too much of a knee jerk reaction to suggest we might have found one?

He's now experienced enough and his first class average of 39 and change is better than that of the heir apparent, Imraan Khan. Hmmm...

* Thami Tsolekile made 141 in the same innings. Make of that what you will.


Sean on October 27, 2009 at 9:43 AM said...

That pitch was as flat as the N3 highway that runs through the free state. even I conld score a hundred on that pitch.
I think ashwell is the man to open for south african.
but if Stephen were as good as his father he would have seen in the team ages ago.

Darren Buser on October 27, 2009 at 5:11 PM said...

It was a handy attack though and concentrating for that long is pretty impressive. But yeah, unlikely we'd turn to him unless he has a golden month coming up.

I was convinced it would be Prince but when even your province gives up on that idea...alarm bells are surely ringing.

Sean on October 27, 2009 at 6:31 PM said...

Prince Just moved down for that game because Davey Jacobs is missing the game as his wife is expected to give birth in the coming days so he will be back at the top for SA and when the
SS series continues. If nothing else he has atleast had a little practice at opening the batting.

Darren Buser on October 28, 2009 at 1:07 PM said...

Interesting, didn't know that. But whatever the reasons were, there surely must be some doubt seeing him fail all season opening and then getting a huge score as soon as he moves back into the middle order.

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