Cook regains consciousness

  • Last Updated: June 25 2013, 11:19 BST

Durham coach Geoff Cook has recovered consciousness and is "making steady progress" following his heart attack on Thursday, the county have confirmed.

Geoff Cook: Recovering in hospital
Geoff Cook: Recovering in hospital

The 61-year-old former England batsman has spent the past five days in a coma in Durham City's Dryburn Hospital, but the county have announced that there have been positive signs.

"Durham County Cricket Club is delighted to confirm that Geoff Cook has recovered consciousness and is now making steady progress in hospital," a statement from Durham read.

"His family have asked us to thank all of the very many people whose messages of support have given such encouragement."

Cook played in seven Tests and six one-day internationals for England in 1982 and 1983 and became director of cricket at Durham when they became a first-class county in 1991.

He was named as head coach in 2007, immediately winning the Friends Provident Trophy, and brought the club back-to-back county championship titles in 2007 and 2008. They had never won the championship before.