Stephen Cook, the South African Test cricketer, played four games for Glamorgan at the end of 2018 at a time when the Welsh county were without the services of Shaun Marsh, their designated overseas player who had dislocated a shoulder whilst fielding in a T20 game at Sophia Gardens.
The son of Springbok legend Jimmy Cook, Stephen had also played Championship cricket the previous summer for Durham with his time in the north-east coinciding with the period when the right-hander had lost his place in the South African Test team. Despite his time in English cricket, Stephen did not regain his place in the national team.
In all, Stephen played in 11 Tests for South Africa and was something of a late bloomer at international level, having not won selection until the series with England during January 2016, some sixteen years after he had first appeared in domestic cricket in the Cape. Stephen made up for lost time by scoring a century on Test Match debut, with his efforts helping South Africa to their sole victory of the four-match series.
During 2009/10 Stephen broke the South African first-class records by making 390 for the Lions in their match against the Warriors at East London. Despite this illustrious record, Stephen had a fallow time with the Welsh county.
COOK, Stephen Craig
Born – Johannesburg, 29th November 1982.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In First-class cricket – 36 v Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2018.