Stephen Cook scored 56 against New Zealand in the Test series in August 2016    Getty Images
Stephen Cook scored 56 against New Zealand in the Test series in August 2016 Getty Images

Stephen Cook who is part of the South Africa Test squad is not concerned about his practice session form affecting in the first Test at Perth against Australia. He scored five, 12 and golden duck in the two warm-up matches South Africa have played against Cricket Australia (CA). But he is confident of his form in the in the first Test and unfazed about his form in practice sessions. In the Test series against New Zealand, Cook made 56 and was unbeaten at 97 for the Lions against Cobras at Wanderers last month in this season s opening round of franchise First-Class matches. Cook has played long enough to earn 179 First-Class caps. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test at Perth

Cook will be helped by his Lions coach and current batting consultant Niel McKanzie to help him further for the three Test series against Australia. Speaking to timeslive.co.za, Cook said, I haven t scored that many runs since I ve been here but I m not too perturbed about that. Things were pretty good in a couple of domestic games back home and I ve felt like I ve been in decent touch. We all hit the ground running when it gets to the real stuff. Sometimes a lot gets read into practice games and situations like that. I ve played this game for long enough to know that there s no direct correlation between the two. It s a lifelong dream.

Speaking about his first Test at Centurion, Cook said My first test (against England at Centurion in January when he scored 115) was a dream but as cricketers we re never satisfied. You get a taste for something and you want more. This is an iconic series in which a lot of players and a lot of teams careers have been defined. Therein lies another wonderful opportunity for us as a team. It s for me as an individual to make my stamp and put my mark on it. ALSO READ: Mitchell Starc, Usman Khawaja raise question over hardness of pink ball

As for McKenzie, Cook and he have gone a long way Neil and I go back a long way. We played together for a large part of our careers together without the title of batting coach or consultant or whatever you want to call it. He s always played a large part in my career and since its become a more formal arrangement nothing has really changed – the way we ve dealt with each other has been much the same. He s always had an eye on my game and it s always good to have someone who knows your game growing up and its developed. It s not just a piece of advice here or there – its well considered.