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Full name Geoffrey Cook
Born October 9, 1951, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Current age 63 years 172 days
Major teams England, Durham, Eastern Province, Northamptonshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Middlesborough High School
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 2-7, 1983 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Ahmedabad, Nov 25, 1981 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Brisbane, Jan 16, 1983 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971 - 1990|
|List A span||1972 - 1992|
Though a very able county opening batsman, Geoff Cook's main contribution to English cricket has been as an administrator and coach. Having been instrumental in improving the lot of the county pro through his diligent work as secretary and chairman of the Cricketer's Association, in 1991 he returned to his native north-east as Director of Cricket for Durham's maiden season as a first-class county. He 2007 he was named coach and guided the club to their first silverware, the Friends Provident Trophy. However, better followed the following season when Durham secured the Championship with victory against Kent. "I think this is probably my proudest achievement," he said.
In common with several other players of his generation, Cook's England chance came about as a result of the ban imposed on the 1982 rebel tourists to S.Africa. He never really seized this opportunity, being unable to transfer his consistent county form to the big stage. As coach, it was a different story.
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun