Tom Cooper has played international cricket for the Netherlands. In Australia, he plays for South Australia © Getty Images
Tom Cooper has played international cricket for the Netherlands. In Australia, he plays for South Australia © Getty Images

Jul 27, 2014

Tom Cooper, the Netherlands international, has revealed his ambitions to play for Australia. Cooper has represented Australia at the under-19 level, but has played for Netherlands by virtue of his Dutch parentage. However, Cooper was recently selected to play for Australia A in the Quadrangular Series and scored a ton against the National Performance Squad (NPS). He plays for South Australia in Australian domestic cricket.

Cooper was quoted by Cricket Australia’s official website, “Ever since I started playing cricket, playing for Australia was the pinnacle for me. I’ve been fortunate enough to get that opportunity to play at a couple of World Cups with the Dutch. There’s no doubt in my mind that I want to play for Australia and I’ll be doing everything in my power to get there.”

Cooper believes that consistency is the key for him and that should help him get into the squad. “It’s just a matter of consistently scoring runs, which the top players have been doing. Getting runs week in, week out then the rest just takes care of itself,” said Cooper.

In 2010, Cooper made his international debut for Netherlands. So far, he has represented them in 23 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), scoring 976 runs at an average of 48.80 with eight fifties and one ton. He has featured in 15 T20 Internationals and scored 389 runs at 32.41 with a strike-rate of 136.01. His latest appearance for Netherlands was during the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh.