Trent Copeland to spend two months as overseas player at Northants
Last Updated: February 19, 2013 12:36pm
Trent Copeland: Aussie bowler heading for Northants
Northamptonshire have signed Australia pace bowler Trent Copeland to a short-term deal for the start of the new season.
The 26-year-old will link up with the squad ahead of their County Championship match against Glamorgan on 10 April and remain with the county for just under two months.
That will give the seamer chance to play in seven County Championship matches and six Yorkshire Bank 40 matches, which will be his first experience of English domestic cricket.
"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."
Copeland has taken six Test wickets in three matches so far and, in total, he has 131 first-class wickets at an average of 26.1 runs.
"We are delighted to welcome Trent to Northants," said Northants head coach David Ripley.
"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."