Nick Cook (cricketer)

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Nick Cook
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Personal information
Full name
Nicholas Grant Billson Cook
Born (1956-06-17) 17 June 1956 (age 66)
Leicester, England
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 501)11 August 1983 v New Zealand
Last Test24 August 1989 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 73)26 March 1984 v Pakistan
Last ODI22 October 1989 v Pakistan
Umpiring information
WTests umpired1 (2009)
WODIs umpired4 (2009–2012)
WT20Is umpired7 (2008–2016)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 15 3 356 223
Runs scored 179 3,138 491
Batting average 8.52 11.66 9.26
100s/50s 0/0 –/– 0/4 0/0
Top score 31 75 23
Balls bowled 4,174 144 64,463 10,077
Wickets 52 5 879 200
Bowling average 32.48 19.00 29.01 34.06
5 wickets in innings 4 0 31 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 4 0
Best bowling 6/65 2/18 7/34 4/22
Catches/stumpings 5/– 2/– 197/– 74/–
Source: CricInfo, 14 June 2021

Nicholas Grant Billson Cook (born 17 June 1956) is an English cricket umpire and former player who appeared in 15 Tests and three ODIs between 1983 and 1989.[1] A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler and a lower order right-handed batsman, he played first-class and List A cricket from 1978 to 1994. He is currently an ECB appointed umpire on the professional circuit. He was born in Leicester and attended Lutterworth Grammar School.

Cook made his international debut against New Zealand. One of three England debutants in the match along with Neil Foster and Chris Smith, Cook was called up because of an injury to Phil Edmonds,[2] which occurred so late that Cook had already started playing in a County Championship match against Essex and had to be replaced by Jonathan Agnew as full substitute.[3] He picked up 32 wickets in his first four Tests, taking four five-fors, including one on debut (after he had been called up at short notice),[4] and a best bowling match return of 11 for 83 against Pakistan at Karachi.[5] As of 2022, these remain the best Test match figures ever taken by a visiting bowler in Pakistan, and he holds the record for the most Test wickets by an English bowler in Pakistan.[6]

However, Cook's next 11 Tests, spread over a period of five years, fetched him 20 wickets at an average of 56.75. He had more success as a bowler against Pakistan and New Zealand than against Australia and the West Indies. He was finally dropped from Test cricket after the 1989 series against Australia in which England surrendered the Ashes. His total of 52 Test wickets were taken at an average of 32.48. He played his last one-day international that autumn in the Nehru Cup. He finished on the winning side of each of his three one-day internationals,[7] although after England won his first two Tests against New Zealand, he never again finished on the winning side in Test matches.[8]

In the domestic game, Cook played for Leicestershire, before later moving to Northamptonshire.[5] He was part of the Northamptonshire team that lost the final of both the Benson and Hedges Cup and the NatWest Trophy at Lord's in 1987, but five years later also featured on the winning side in the final of the latter tournament.

Since retiring from the game, Cook has become an umpire and in November 2008, was promoted to the ECB full list for the 2009 season.


  1. ^ "Nick Cook". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ "England v New Zealand 1983". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford 10,11,12 August 1983". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  4. ^ "3rd Test: England v New Zealand at Lord's, Aug 11-15, 1983". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 42. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  6. ^ "Statistics / Test Matches / Bowling Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Statistics / NGB Cook/ One Day Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Statistics / NGB Cook/ Test Matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2022.