Stephen Cook scored 120 © Getty Images
Stephen Cook scored 120 on Day 1 of 4 Day unofficial test © Getty Images

Stephen Cook found the perfect platform to make a statement. Dropped from the South Africa’s Test series against England, Cook milked India A’s bowlers for 86 overs in South Africa’s A four-day unofficial Test on the opening day. Cook was well supported by another Test discard David Miller. The pair added 138 runs for the third wicket at Pretoria against a lackluster Indian attack. South Africa ended their day on 274 for 4 after India pulled back strings in the dying moments.

While Cook made good use of this outing, skipper Aiden Markram failed to make any mark since returning from England. Markram fell for 22 to Shahbaz Nadeem. Rudi Second too went cheaply, as Mohammed Siraj scalped him. Cook, who was then joined by Miller, played with caution all through the day. They batted with impeccable composure in the middle. Cook scored his 41st First-Class hundred, while Miller scored his 17th half-century. Miller fell for 72 to a brilliant caught-and-bowled by Siraj. Cook followed suit and fell for a 252-ball 120. He became Shahbaz’s second victim. South Africa A currently have Khaya Zondo, Beuran Eric Hendricks are in the middle batting on 4* and 0* respectively. India skipper Karun Nair tried as many as 6 bowlers including Aniket Choudhary and Navdeep Saini. Siraj and Nadeem bowled 47 overs between them picking 4 for 132.