Trent Copeland

Australian Test & NSW SpeedBlitz Blues Cricketer

All that is cricket in NSW... There's a lot to talk about!


So after a little hiatus after returning from South Africa, I am back with another blog. This time more my reflections on the recent New Zealand Test Series and some thoughts and predictions for the coming months of the Australian Summer. 

The Aussie team has gone through some changes the last month since returning from South Africa and my most recent test tour. Mickey Arthur the most notable inclusion and a man who brings with him international credentials and hopefully the right foresight to get Australia back to where we belong at the top of the Test Rankings. 

The first real test for the new selection panel and head coach was the two-match (why we play two-match series I will never know) New Zealand series. The squad was announced with injuries to five of our main assets all on the sidelines, but still a very formidable line up. New inclusions were David Warner and Mitchell Starc my NSW teammates, James Pattinson and Ben Cutting who has performed very well this season for Qld in all formats. Stoked for Davey and Starcy as I have played a lot of cricket with both, most recently the Australia A series in Zimbabwe, and they both deserve their opportunity. 

New Zealand provided a good fight in the first test but after some great bowling by Sids and Gazza Lyon in the first innings, it was left to Patto to really break the back of the Kiwis. A spell of bowling which clearly states his prospects not only for the future as people mention, but as Pat Cummins did in Johannesburg last month… A star right now! At one stage Patto had 5-10 and went within a hair off my skinny legs of taking a hat trick on debut. 

Notably Patto was the 3rd straight bowling debutant for Australia to take 5 wickets on debut. Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon before him. Unfortunately I couldn’t continue the trend!

So a win in the first test and it was down to Hobart and the newly dubbed ‘Blundstone Arena’ for the second test. I recall a journo claiming the day before the match that Hughesy was standing on.. “a wicket that looked like washing detergent it was that green!” So it would prove to be a challenge for all batsmen but also for the bowlers. It is often the bowlers themselves that put too much mental pressure on to take wickets because the wicket is green and they are expected to roll the opposition for 100. Luckily Patto was at it again ably supported by Sids, Starcy and the great man Mike Hussey bending them around corners as he does. 

Some amazing achievements to come out of this test were again Patto taking a bag full of wickets, but Dave Warner in only his second test was incredible carrying his bat in what was his maiden test century, guiding Australia to what would have been a great chase on day 4. Unfortunately it was to be Doug Bracewell and NZ’s day. Boooo. Don’t like seeing the kiwis get one up on us that’s for sure. 

Now to the fun stuff. I want to say that the wickets that we have had for test cricket in the past three or four tests - including South Africa have been great visually and no doubt a great test for both bat and ball. I don’t know about other people but a match that is ebbing and flowing throughout and not 3/600dec plays 4/390 after 4 days etc. Plaudits must go to the groundsmen for that. 

Ultimately there is pressure on the likes of Phil Hughes, Ricky Ponting etc in the media, both are champion players and Ricky in particular is so infectious and positive around the group, for that alone he needs to stay and I hope selectors and more prominently the media don’t forget the importance of both of these guys in crunch situations in the last month. Maybe not centuries, but scores of 60+ when it matters most. Just saying!

I must say it was disappointing to not be selected for the series against New Zealand but it is “Chin up” and go back to domestic cricket for NSW and take wickets every chance I get. Thankfully it was that week upon my return I was able to join the NSW squad for Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup matches against WA at the SCG. My first 5fa in One Day cricket was a timely performance and one that will hopefully springboard the rest of my, and NSW’s season. 

Unfortunately I was then injured in our last Sheffield Shield match of the year before the Big Bash League break. A minor shoulder injury which ruled me out of the Chairman’s XI match and availability for the first two tests against India. Rehab has been going well with a few other boys like Pat Cummins and Benny Rohrer floating around. We should all be back on deck soon, I am going to be bowling again this week and ready for selection early January.

NSW first half of the season has been… How can I best describe it?? Disrupted with signs of promise I think sums it up. We’ve had debutants!
Kurtis Patterson scoring 157 on debut as an 18 year old, 
Tim Cruikshank become a regular member of both formats, and most notably getting his kit off for Cosmo magazine - the boys certainly let him know about it too.
Josh Lalor make his debut in both formats, taking 5fa in our last Sheffield Shield match before Xmas against Tasmania, and selection in Chairman’s XI,
Luke Doran take 2 and 4 wickets in his first two Ryobi Cup games,
Scotty Henry, Timm Vander Gugten also making their debuts. 

Whilst we have shown promise in most matches, and dominated some, our points tally in both competitions is not where we would like to be. Unfortunately two 'home’ matches at Bankstown and Canberra produced the wrong results in the Sheffield Shield. The return to fitness of Josh Hazlewood and the consistency of our star gloveman Peter Nevill not only behind the stumps and with bat in hand, but also with his kit and rating of team dinner venues will no doubt keep driving us forward though when the season starts back up again on February 4th against Tasmania!

Cards has also been a big dressing room and on tour hit, with 500 the game of choice and the Rohrer/Hauritz combination proving tough to beat. I’m sure they’ve developed some form of language or hand signal to win. Either that or I’m just really bad at reading them!

I will have another blog up soon with my thoughts on the KFC Big Bash League but something to leave you with… 

Johan Botha and Glenn Maxwell to be the all rounders to watch and the Sydney Thunder to be the dark horses.

Until next time,

Copes

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Ok this time I’m really out of here, have yourselves a very Merry Xmas!

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