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Copeland signs short Northants deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 19, 2013

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Trent Copeland struck back for New South Wales with three wickets, South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, February 19, 2013
Trent Copeland has played three Tests for Australia © Getty Images
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Northants have signed Australian seam bowler Trent Copeland on a short-term deal for the first half of the season.

Copeland, 26, will join the county for the first County Championship match of the season against Glamorgan on April 10 and play seven Championship matches and six Yorkshire Bank 40 League matches.

He will return to Sydney on June 8 before Cameron White arrives for the Friends Life t20, which begins on June 26.

Copeland has taken 131 first-class wickets at 26.12 and made his Test debut for Australia in Galle in September 2011. He played all three Tests of the tour but after six wickets at 37.83 he was dropped and hasn't played a Test since.

But he remains a talented bowler that should enjoy early-season English conditions. He also recently showed some ability with the bat, making 106 against Tasmania in Hobart in his last first-class match.

"We are delighted to welcome Trent to Northants," Northants Cricket Head Coach David Ripley said. "It's not been a straightforward journey but he was the first player we approached in October about becoming our overseas bowler for the first part of the season and with a few twists and turns he is now coming.

"Everybody I have spoken to about Trent - Michael Hussey, Cameron White and Matt Nicholson to name three, have been consistent with their opinion - skilful, accurate, long spells, should be perfectly suited to early-season conditions in England and a top bloke.

"He has a first rate record in Australian state cricket and we are looking forward to him shaping our season in the two months he is with us. It hasn't gone unnoticed that he has just scored his maiden first class century too."

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Posted by Meety on (February 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

@Claydo78 on (February 21, 2013, 2:06 GMT) - I get where you are coming from, but I strongly disagree re: Lyon. He has been very good at Test level. He has dropped off slightly this summer, but I would lay SOME blame at Wade's feet for fluffing a few chances off him. I do believe that SO'K should of been given a go long before Lyon (say 4th Ashes Test Melbourne). Lyon has outperformed the credible efforts of Hauritz in my view. Most of the pitches Lyon has had to bowl on, have not been favourable to spinners. I'll be interested to see how he goes on favourable pitches in India (albeit against good players of spin).

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 21, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

If it goes by usual form he will be taught to bowl in county cricket.

Posted by Claydo78 on (February 21, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

@meety, the dark days isnt just refering to copeland getting dropped, its the brain explosion decision making and the direction CA is heading! Copeland, hasting, quieny will never play for australia again, if they were good enough to get a cap then CA need to back their decisions and keep playing them! At the moment we have 8 or 9 b grade bowlers to choose from, they all will do the same job! Im an chair chair selector and i dont know what our best attack is! And really whats the most frustrating is picking blokes with 4 or sometimes 1 1st class game behind them! Cummings, lyon, beer, agar and co shouldnt even be touring with australia let alone playing! If these guys are as good as CA wants us to believe, then let them prove it by cleaning up in shield cricket. Why have a shield competition? Then theres lyon! The worst selections in the last 10 years! No variety, no flight, doesnt even look like he has a plan to get wickets! Okeefe is a better bowler and will also get runs!

Posted by Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

@GlinnMgraw Agree with both Faulkner (he needs to address his attitiude though) & Butterworth, it is tough that we have so many accomplished quicks cropping up all over the place. And let me confirm, there are a few outstanding ones coming through at 16 & 17 years level, it is going to be awesome in about 4 to 5 years time. It's looking good long term, I just hope the effect of T20 isn't as dramatic as I fear it to be in handicapping test standard batting technique.

Posted by Meety on (February 20, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

@GlinnMgraw on (February 20, 2013, 5:55 GMT) - mate, atm I think that Faulkner shouldn't just be pigeon-holed as an Eng specialist. He is developing so rapidly that he could deliver around the world. I was sceptical about Faulkner & Butterworth because they all SEEMED to have unrealistic bowling averages. Bird has delivered at Test level, & I think Faulkner has really come on recently (particularly his batting), that I think Butterworth is worth looking at. @Claydo78 on (February 20, 2013, 2:23 GMT) - I wouldn't say "Dark Days" on the basis of what happenned to Copeland. It's not like the other 5 or 6 pacers that have played since then have done poorly. Yes he is unlucky, I'd of loved to have seen what he would of done at Hobart v NZ in the 2nd Test for instance!

Posted by KingofRedLions on (February 20, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

@Meety - Faulkner and Butterworth are potential English specialists.

Posted by Claydo78 on (February 20, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

Copeland is very unfortunate to get dropped, a quality bowler that unfortunately didnt get much help at the other end! When you only go for 1.5 to 2 runs an over you would expect the bloke at the other end to be taking wickets! But generally they went for 4,5 and 6 an over so batters blocked copeland overs out and didnt take any risks! Another dark page in australias recent history, CA have it their heads that if your bowling at 140 plus then your not good enough, what an asset copeland would be in england in the ashes!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 20, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

I think the role he wold play can be valuable however, he has'nt had a great year and now been surpassed by Chad Sayers. So cant see Copeland playing for Australia anytime soon.

Posted by Meety on (February 20, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

@Chris_P on (February 19, 2013, 20:00 GMT) - agree 300%. I have a gut feeling that of all Oz's pace stocks, Copeland has the potential to be the best in England. IMO - he is the equivalent of Tremlett, in terms of style & pace & ability, although Tremlett (a bowler I think highly of) - has done more at Test level. @Dan Smee - I won't disagree on anything you just said. He gets a lot of extra bounce & can bowl all day. The first injury he got - actually had nothing to do with bowling (he slipped on some steps). He seems to be able to bowl as many overs as a spinner & I think could do a great containment job as well as snare wickets. His lack of pace is a great foil to the likes of Patterson/Siddle/MJ & Starc. Also handy he's just picked up another 3 scalps yesterday!

Posted by zenboomerang on (February 19, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Find it a little odd that Copeland isn't playing the full season, though he isn't a t20 bowler - guess t20 is more important to Northants - re: White...

Copeland has a v.g. FC average & economy rate - for me, he is the perfect foil for your best stike bowler, keeping one end tight while niggling out a few wkts... Seen him bowl through 2 complete sessions & a bit without a break (30 odd overs) - cannot remember seeing another seamer bowl a longer spell on a hot summers day...

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