Stephen Craig Cook was born on 29 November, 1982 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, son of former Test cricketer Jimmy Cook, himself an “exceptional opening batsman” with over 20,000 first-class runs. He is a South African Test cricketer for the Proteas, the son of former Test player Jimmy Cook. He is a classic right-handed opening batsman and very occasional right-arm medium bowler formerly for Gauteng following his debut in 2001, and for Lions since 2004.
In 2010 he scored 390 runs in a single innings, surpassing several South African and international first-class cricket records, and was included in the South Africa A squad. Cook holds the record highest score in South African first-class cricket – 390 from 648 balls on 25 October 2009 against the Warriors – which was also the team’s first triple century. Cook had previously been a spectator to his father’s own 313 and Daryll Cullinan’s previous-record 337, and commented later that “When my brother and I used to play cricket in the garden, there was one score neither of us could ever go past and that was Dad’s.
Neither of us could ever score more than 313.” Cook’s score is also the twelfth-highest and fourth-longest in first-class cricket history – taking over 14 hours to complete – and was part of a record-breaking 365-run partnership with Thami Tsolekile, also a record for South African first-class cricket.
On 18 January 2016 he was added to South Africa’s Test squad, and became the 6th South African (and 102nd Test player) to score a century on debut coincidentally at Centurion Park, which was a historical moment, during the first day of the fourth Test against England. Stephen Cook was the first South African to face the pink ball as well as the first ever delivery in a day-night test match and co-incidentally his father Jimmy Cook was also the first ever South African to have faced the white ball in an ODI as well to face the very first ball of an ODI. Stephen Cook is the first ever batsman to score a test century in the 3rd innings of a Day/Night test match,when he scored 104 in that innings.His 104 is still the highest individual score for any batsman in the 3rd innings of a day-night test match.