Stephen Cook

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  The term algorithm comes from the name of Persian mathematician al-Khwarizmi. Photograph courtesy of    Prof Irfan Shahid

From the name of the Persian polymath al-Khwarizmi, who flourished in the early ninth century, comes the term algorithm. An algorithm is a set of simp(...)

South African batsman Stephen Cook  celebrates his  century against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Opener Stephen Cook scored an unbeaten century to help South Africa build a potential match-winning 302-run lead over Sri Lanka despite rain delays on(...)

South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing England’s batsman Jonathan Bairstow for a duck. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

With 29 scheduled overs of a rain-interrupted third day to go England were still in the Test, hanging on by the fingernails but with a sniff of a cha(...)

Captain Alistair Cook led the England fightback against South Africa at Centurion. Photograph: AFP

Captain Alastair Cook led England’s fourth Test fightback with his first half-century of the series after South Africa ran up 475 on day two in Centur(...)

South Africa’s Stephen Cook celebrates his century on his  debut during the fourth  Test  against England at Centurion, South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Fourth Test, Day One: South Africa 329-5 Until Ben Stokes’s competitive spirit and Stuart Broad’s wonderful versatility began to pull England back in(...)