Cook ton silver lining in impending SA defeat
Stephen Cook’s century is unlikely to stop South Africa from sliding to defeat in the third test against Australia in Adelaide.
The home side‚ who need 127 to win‚ were 27 without loss at tea on the fourth day.
Cook was last out for a gritty 104 in South Africa’s second innings of 250.
The visitors resumed on 194/6 and were dismissed early in the second hour of the day’s play with Mitchell Starc taking 4/80.
Cook‚ who was 81 not out at stumps on Saturday‚ stood firm through the dismissals of Quintin de Kock and Vernon Philander as well as Australia taking the new ball to pull Josh Hazlewood through square leg for four and bring up his second test ton with the last delivery before drinks.
South Africa were all out 14 balls later when Starc nailed Cook’s off stump.
Cook’s 104 came off 240 balls and included eight fours.
The match is South Africa’s first pink-ball‚ day/night test and will end a series they have already won 2-0.