Tom finds his 'A' game
FORMER Corndale cricketer Tom Cooper will get his first taste of green and gold when he lines up for Australia A against New Zealand in a four-day match at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Thursday.
An unbeaten maiden double-century (203) for South Australia against NSW in a Sheffield Shield match and other blistering early-season form have put Cooper into the eyes of the national selectors.
The 24-year-old was shocked to hear of his selection.
"Its very exciting and I certainly didn't expect it," he said.
"It's an opportunity and another big step to making the Australian team."
Cooper is third on the Sheffield Shield run tally this season with 413 at 82 and second on the one-day aggregate with 219 runs at 73.
The top-order batsman couldn't put a finger on what brought about his recent success with the bat.
"I don't know, but I wish I did," he said.
"I haven't changed my training routine or anything."
The selectors have picked an impressive 12-man Australia A squad that includes David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben Hilfenhaus and Michael Beer.