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!!