Geoff Cook (born Geoffrey Cook, 9 October 1951 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire)[1] is a former English cricketer, who played in seven Tests and six ODIs from 1981 to 1983. Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, stated "A player held in great respect by his fellow professionals, Cook got his big chance when the first rebel tour went to South Africa in 1982, but he was unable to convert his consistent county form into Test success".[1]

Geoff Cook
Geoff Cook Portrait.jpg
Geoff Cook at Delhi Private School, Dubai in 2011
Personal information
Full nameGeoffrey Cook
Born (1951-10-09) 9 October 1951 (age 68)
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingSlow left-arm
RoleBatsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1971–1990Northamptonshire
1978–1981Eastern Province
1991–1995Durham
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC OD
Matches 7 6 460 377
Runs scored 203 106 23,277 8,705
Batting average 15.61 17.66 31.97 26.78
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 37/112 4/53
Top score 66 32 203 130
Balls bowled 42 1,238 12
Wickets 15 0
Bowling average 31.97
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/47
Catches/stumpings 9/– 2/– 419/3 157/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2009

CareerEdit

In county cricket he played for Northamptonshire where, along with Robin Boyd-Moss, he achieved a second wicket partnership of 344, which remains a Northamptonshire record. Cook played thirteen Test innings but only twice passed 50. He later moved to Durham, when they gained first-class status, becoming their first county captain. After running the county's youth Academy, he was appointed first team coach in March 2007, following Martyn Moxon's resignation. Under Cook's guidance, Durham won their first major title in the club's history at Lord's in 2007, and went on to win the County Championship for the first time in 2008, and again in 2009. In June 2013 Cook suffered a heart attack.[2] He completed the season and won the County Championship for a third time with Durham in 2013.[3] Cook was subsequently replaced full-time as first team coach by Jon Lewis, moving into a youth development role.[4]

He has been both chairman and secretary of the Professional Cricketers' Association.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Cook has one daughter, Anna, and a son named Andrew.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 42. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ "Durham coach Geoff Cook to return to work after heart attack". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  3. ^ Gibson, Richard. "Durham's Paul Collingwood dedicates third county title to Geoff Cook". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Durham appoint Jon Lewis as Geoff Cook takes new youth role". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2013.