Cook: My dream is to score hundreds for SA

After receiving a call up for the final Test against England, opening batsman Stephen Cook says he always dreamt of scoring Test hundreds and winning series for South Africa.

The 33 year-old Highveld Lions captain has been rewarded for being a consistent performer for the his franchise over the years, which includes tallying up 11 427 runs in 165 games in first-class cricket.

The right-handed batsman, who is the son of former Proteas batsman Jimmy Cook, believes people should not judge him on his age saying there are plenty of examples of players who had great careers despite starting relatively late.

Cook told Cricinfo: "HD Ackerman said to me years ago that, for so many people, the call-up is the dream and that's a mistake. If people had the mindset that scoring Test hundreds is the dream, it would be different.

"So yes, my bigger dream is scoring Test hundreds, and winning series for South Africa. My age is the one argument that I could never understand.

"There have been plenty of examples in South Africa and in other countries of guys who debuted even later than this and went on to be successful.

"So I hope this is the start of something and maybe in 18 months when we look back we can say the Centurion Test was where it all began."

The Proteas have already lost the four-match series, being two-one down, with the final Test starting in Centurion on Friday.