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Tom Cooper (cricketer)

Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper training in February 2010
Personal information
Full name Thomas Lexley William Cooper
Born (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Coops
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Middle-order batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 44) 15 June 2010 v Scotland
Last ODI 09 July 2013 v Ireland
T20I debut (cap 21) 13 March 2012 v Canada
Last T20I 19 March 2014 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present South Australia
2011–2012 Adelaide Strikers
2012–present Melbourne Renegades
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 23 10 39 103
Runs scored 976 264 2,488 3,486
Batting average 48.80 33.00 38.27 40.06
100s/50s 1/8 0/2 4/15 5/24
Top score 101 72* 203* 126*
Balls bowled 553 78 922 887
Wickets 13 2 10 21
Bowling average 33.69 59.20 35.90
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/11 2/18 2/43 3/11
Catches/stumpings 12/– 3/– 39/– 53/–
Source: CricketArchive;, 19 March 2014

Tom Lexely William Cooper (born 26 November 1986) is an Australian-born Netherlands cricketer who also plays for the South Australian Redbacks. He is a right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm off-spinner, has represented Australia Under-19s and is nicknamed Coops.[1] He is the older brother of fellow Netherlands cricketer Ben Cooper.[2]


Cooper first played for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval, scoring 10 in South Australia's only innings.[3] He then made his one day debut for South Australia against Western Australia in a Ford Ranger Cup match at Adelaide Oval, scoring 53 from 67 deliveries.[4] In his fourth one day match he scored his first century against New South Wales for South Australia which he made 101 from only 108 deliveries.[5]

Cooper qualified to play for the Netherlands as his mother was born in Dutch New Guinea. After playing for the Netherlands during their 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign in England, he made his One Day International debut for the Netherlands in a match against Scotland, in which he scored an unbeaten 80 to help his side to a six-wicket victory in Rotterdam.[6]

He became the first cricketer to score half-centuries in each of his first three One Day Internationals after he followed up his first innings with 87 against Scotland in his next match and then 67 against Kenya in his third game. He then returned to play for South Australia during the 10/11 season.[7] He narrowly missed a fourth consecutive half-century when he made 39 against Canada in his fourth match.[8]

Cooper was included in the Netherlands' 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup.[9] The team lost all six of their matches and were knocked out in the first round.[10] With 174 runs Cooper was the Netherlands' second-highest run-scorer in the tournament behind Ryan ten Doeschate.[11] After scoring 47 in the opening match against England,[12] Cooper's solitary half century came in the next match amidst the Netherlands' 215-run defeat to the West Indies. Batting at number three Cooper scored 55 not out as his side was dismissed for 115.[13]

The Netherlands were one of three teams not from the Caribbean invited to participate in the Caribbean Twenty20 held in January 2012, however Cooper missed the tournament[14] which clashed with the Big Bash League, Australia's remarketed twenty20 competition.[15] Cooper played for the Adelaide Strikers and scored 101 runs from five matches at an average of 33.66 and with a highest score of 43 not out.[16] At the auction for the 2012 Indian Premier League, Cooper was one of three players from Associate teams in the auction, which included 144 people.[17]

Cooper was included in Australia A's 17-man squad to tour England in July 2012.[18]

Cooper replaced an injured Tim Gruijters for selection in the Dutch squad at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[19]

On December 3, 2014, Cooper, along with Aaron Finch and Michael Clarke were three of the pallbearers at Phillip Hughes' funeral.[20]

ODI Matches

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Scotland Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam 15 June 2010 DNB; 80* (125 balls: 3×4)
2 Scotland VRA Ground, Amstelveen 1 July 2010 87 (130 balls: 9×4); 10–0–50–1
3 Afghanistan Sportpark Westvliet, Voorburg 7 July 2010 101 (155 balls: 9×4); 7–0–19–2
4 Afghanistan Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam 10 July 2010 96 (135 balls: 7×4); 5–0–16–1

T20I Matches

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Scotland Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam 22 March 2012 1–0–13–0; 60 (32 balls: 4×4, 4×6)


  1. ^ Tom Cooper player profile, ESPNcricinfo, accessed 2012-02-01
  2. ^ Dorries, Ben (22 March 2014). "Holland’s Aussie hero Tom Cooper says his side could provide more upsets in World T20 tournament".  
  3. ^ South Australia v Western Australia in 2008/09, CricketArchive, accessed 2010-06-17
  4. ^ South Australia v Western Australia in 2008/09, CricketArchive, accessed 2010-06-17
  5. ^ New South Wales v South Australia in 2008/09, CricketArchive, accessed 2010-06-17
  6. ^ Ten Doeschate & Cooper Lead Netherlands To Victory, Cricket World, 2010-06-15, accessed 2010-06-17
  7. ^ TLW Cooper's world record feat, Yahoo Cricket, 2010-07-04, accessed 2010-07-13
  8. ^ Netherlands v Canada in 2010, CricketArchive, 2010-07-05, accessed 2010-07-013
  9. ^ Borren to lead Netherlands in World Cup, ESPNcricinfo, 2011-01-01, accessed 2012-05-10
  10. ^ ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Results, ESPNcricinfo, accessed 2012-05-10
  11. ^ ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Records / Most runs, ESPNcricinfo, accessed 2012-05-10
  12. ^ a21205 wc308 o3104 England v Netherlands: ICC World Cup 2010/11 (Group B), CricketArchive, accessed 2012-05-10
  13. ^ a21228 wc316 o3112 Netherlands v West Indies: ICC World Cup 2010/11 (Group B), CricketArchive, accessed 2012-05-10
  14. ^ ten Doeschate, Cooper to miss Caribbean T20, ESPNcricinfo, 2011-12-24, accessed 2012-02-01
  15. ^ New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams, ESPNcricinfo, 2011-04-06, accessed 2012-02-01
  16. ^ Big Bash League, 2011/12 / Records / Most runs, ESPNcricinfo, accessed 2012-02-01
  17. ^ Nagraj Gollapudi, Nervous Kevin O'Brien lines up for IPL ticket, ESPNcricinfo, 2012-01-31, accessed 2012-02-01
  18. ^ Paine included in Australia A squad, ESPNcricinfo, 2012-05-10, accessed 2012-05-10
  19. ^ "Controversy over Cooper replacing Gruijters for Netherlands". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Lessons of Hughes' life unforgettable in death


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