Cooper looking forward to Somerset stint


Australia-born Dutch International Tom Cooper admits he has big boots to fill when he lines up for English side Somerset in the County Championship this season.

It will be Cooper's first taste of English county cricket, and he will follow in the footsteps of former Australia internationals Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer to call Taunton their home ground.

Cooper told Somerset's official website: "I guess I have got some pretty big shoes to fill but hopefully I can go out and do my job and score a lot of runs.

"More importantly is that the team has some success and wins some trophies. You play cricket to win games and to win silverware so that's what we are aiming for."

The South Australia batsman, who averages 38.69 in 51 first-class matches, says he has not given up his dream of representing Australia, despite playing for the Netherlands, who he qualified to play for through his mother, in two major global tournaments, the 2011 World Cup and the World T20 in 2012.

"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."