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Cook confident ahead of cup final

December 12, 2012 14:59:00 UK

Highveld Lions captain Stephen Cook believes the hard work to modify his batting has paid off ahead of the Momentum Cup final.

Opening batsman Cook is one of only three batters in the competition to pass 400 runs - Richard Levi and Henry Davids are the other two - having displayed great consistency throughout his eight visits to the crease.

I've worked pretty hard over the years to develop my game.

Stephen Cook

In fact, his form is one of the main reasons that the Johannesburg-based franchise are hosting Cape Cobras in the final at the Wanderers on Friday - home advantage was secured by finishing top of the table.

"The criticism in the past was perhaps that I scored too slowly and needed time to build my innings," said Cook.

"I've had to find ways to be a little more attacking, and score runs in different ways. I'm never going to be the guy to hit it out of the ground for six, so I had to find other ways of scoring relatively quickly.

"I don't think I ever wasn't a one-day batsman, it's just perhaps the combinations over the years didn't suit my style of play - and to be fair, I've worked pretty hard over the years to develop my game."

The Lions, who hope that strike bowler Hardus Viljoen is fit enough to do combat with Levi and Graeme Smith with the new ball, led the six-team table for most of the competition.

However, the Cobras are undeniably the in-form team, after six consecutive victories, including one against the Lions, and have a formidable bowling attack including Dale Steyn, Johann Louw and Rory Kleinveldt.

The Cobras are 1.66 to win the Momentum Cup final, with the Lions 2.20.

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