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Copeland stakes his pitch on two-way swing factor

November 25, 2011 - Sydney

Australian fast bowler Trent Copeland has declared that he offers what no other quicks do not - swing, and suggested that the selectors take a chance on him for the forthcoming series against New Zealand.

"I don't really think there is another guy in the attack like me," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Copeland, who will play for NSW in a Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at the SCG, as saying today.

He added: "I don't bowl at 150km/h - I swing the ball a little bit both ways. I'm tall, hit the seam and try and build pressure. I suppose The Other Guys all have their different aspect and skill sets that they bring to the table as well. And not taking anything away from any of those guys whatsoever, but I think I can bring that pressure and I suppose, hold up an end."

After snaring six wickets for 227 off 648 balls in his three Tests against Sri Lanka, Copeland was overlooked for Australia's two matches against South Africa, with the selectors opting for NSW teammate Pat Cummins when Harris was ruled out.

Cummins took seven wickets and hit the winning runs for Australia to draw the series 1-1.

"Every time the Australian selectors meet, once you've had that little bit of a taste, you'd always like to be involved," he said.

"The selectors and 'Pup' [Clarke] know what I can do, what I bring to the table. If a spot becomes open, and obviously Patty's done really well and taken his opportunity, it's just a matter of if and when. And I'll take it with both hands," he added.


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