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Full name Christopher Barry Cooke
Born May 30, 1986, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Current age 28 years 301 days
Major teams Glamorgan, Glamorgan 2nd XI, Hampshire 2nd XI, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Border v Western Province at East London, Oct 29-31, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northerns v Western Province at Pretoria, Jan 18, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Glamorgan at Hove, Aug 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Middlesex at Cardiff, Jun 3, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lancashire v Glamorgan at Manchester, Aug 1-2, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|12, 0*||Glamorgan||v Somerset||Taunton||23 Mar 2015||Other|
|74||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Bristol||19 Mar 2015||Other OD|
|2, 11*||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Cardiff||17 Mar 2015||Other|
|0, 5||Glamorgan||v Hampshire||Cardiff||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|74, 36||Glamorgan||v Derbyshire||Cardiff||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|171, 30||Glamorgan||v Kent||Canterbury||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|10*||Glamorgan||v Sussex||Hove||20 Aug 2014||LA|
|0, 53||Glamorgan||v Essex||Swansea||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|29||Glamorgan||v Warwickshire||Swansea||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|60||Glamorgan||v Somerset||Taunton||12 Aug 2014||LA|
Chris Cooke, a forceful middle-order batsman, grew up in Johannesburg but spent several summers playing league cricket in Sussex and then for Tamworth in the Birmingham league. But it was back on the south coast in 2010 that he made his mark playing for Bournemouth in the Southern Premier League. He was given a chance by Glamorgan and has steadily developed his career in Cardiff.
He caught the eye when bludgeoning 106 from 57 balls for Bournemouth and was offered some second XI cricket by Glamorgan. A year later came his opportunity in the first XI, a T20 against Middlesex in Cardiff. He made an immediate impact, striking his second, third and fourth balls for six and later in the summer also made a big century against Somerset in the 40-over competition as he established himself in the Glamorgan side. But it wasn't until two years later that he gained an opportunity in first-class cricket.
Not until half-way through 2013 was Cooke handed a place in the Championship XI but he took his chance and made 394 runs at a shade under 40 in the remaining seven matches of the season. He played a bigger part in the 2014 campaign and notched up his maiden first-class century at Canterbury on his way to 870 runs at 43.50.
Cooke's early cricket came at Western Province for whom he played six matches in the 2009-10 season and also played a full part in the one-day competition and made his first century in professional cricket against Boland at Newlands. He is also a level two coach.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
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
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
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.