Tom Cooper during an Australia A net session at Old Trafford in Manchester in the lead-up to the tour match against the England Lions.
Tom Cooper during an Australia A net session at Old Trafford in Manchester in the lead-up to the tour match against the England Lions. GETTY IMAGES

Cooper bats down with bowlers

FORMER Lismore batsman Tom Cooper must be wondering what's going on after batting at No 7 in the Australia A cricket team's four-day match against the England Lions.

Cooper scored 26 not out, predictably running out of partners as the four bowlers who came in after him, including Mitchell Johnson, could manage only 21 runs between them.

Going into the final day at Old Trafford, Manchester, last night, England Lions were 3-158 in their second innings after leading by 38 runs on the first innings of a rain-affected match.

Cooper, who plays for the South Australian Redbacks in domestic cricket, came in with the score at 5-229.

Batting ahead of him were wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who averages 31 in first-class matches, and young Queensland batsman Joe Burns.

Paine scored 19, Burns 7.

Australia A is being captained by Test opening bat Ed Cowan, who was out for 99 in a first innings total of 277.

Cooper bowled two overs of his off-spin in the England Lions' first innings of 315, picking up the final wicket.

But it would be scant consolation for someone picked as a batsman and rated one of the next three or four most likely to break into the Test team.



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