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Cook overwhelmed by support

Durham coach Geoff Cook has expressed thanks for the goodwill sent his way after suffering a cardiac arrest in June.

The 61-year-old former England batsman initially spent a week in a coma at Durham City’s Dryburn Hospital. He underwent a medical procedure at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle before being discharged.

Cook has been well enough to return to the Emirates Durham ICG to oversee net sessions with academy players but a statement released by the club confirmed he is “in no immediate rush” to return to full-time work.

The statement read: “Geoff Cook and his wife Judith have asked to thank everyone who sent in well-wishes and that they were incredibly overwhelmed by all the people who expressed their concerns and offered their best wishes following Geoff’s recent illness.

“Geoff has visited the club in the last week as they have enjoyed success in the Friends Life t20 and has said he is feeling fine but is in no immediate rush to come back into full time work. He will be eagerly following the sides matches as they prepare for a few big matches in coming weeks.”

Cook said: “It has been a really humbling experience and the support of players, staff, members and friends has been a terrific help during the recovery process over the past few weeks.”



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