|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Cook to NSW
by Tim Murphy.
Victorian and one-time Australian U-19 fast bowler Simon Cook seems set to move to NSW soon, and play Sheffield Shield for them this (upcoming) season.
Cook, 23, is a product of the AIS Cricket Academy and made his first-class debut in the `93-`94 season, where he impressed with his pace and bounce. He had a limited season last year due to in- jury, but still bowled well in a few games, notably against NSW where he broke Michael Bevan`s hand.
However Cook is apparently of the opinion that opportunities in Victoria will be limited given Victoria`s surfeit of fast bowlers (Reiffel, Fleming, Hughes, Williams, Corbett, even Dodemaide), whereas NSW`s dearth of talent in this area (only McGrath, who will presumably often be on international duty, and Holdsworth, who had a poor last season) will perhaps provide a greater oppor- tunity. Cook has been encouraged to make the move by his friend, the Sydney-based all-rounder Neil Maxwell.
Fair enough, really. Good luck to him - except when they play Victoria!!
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries
The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot
Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin
The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams
Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing
The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year