Mark Cosgrove upbeat on Glamorgan success in Twenty20

Mark Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove made his Glamorgan debut in 2006

Mark Cosgrove believes Glamorgan have the squad to make a mark in this season's Friends Provident T20.

The Australian opener joins up with his county team-mates for the start of the competition on Friday 3 June.

Cosgrove has arrived fresh from helping his state side Tasmania lift the Sheffield Shield.

"Hopefully we can put together three or four games on the trot, really push to be in the quarter-finals and end up being in the finals day," he said.

"Hopefully we can play some really good Twenty20."

Cosgrove comes into the T20, which starts for Glamorgan against Middlesex at the Swalec Stadium, on the back of success with Tasmania, who lifted the Sheffield Shield.

The 26-year-old helped Tasmania beat New South Wales in that final at Hobart in March by scoring 47 and 44 not out.

"My last game was the Shield final, so it was a pretty big game for me and the team, so hopefully I'm still seeing [the ball] pretty well," he added.

Cosgrove was in good form for Glamorgan during last year's T20. He was the third highest run-getter in the tournament with 562 runs but the Welsh county were only able to win six of their 16 games.

Glamorgan, who beat Middlesex in the County Championship on Sunday to move into second place in Division Two, had Aussie paceman Shaun Tait for last season's tournament but seven games into the tournament he was drafted into Australia's one-day squad.

"Over the last couple of years we have really been missing one or two [wins]," said Cosgrove.

"Losing Taity was a big blow for us. We built our game plan around him and any other side would do exactly the same. I don't think we will be too far away this year.

"Graham Wagg will be a great addition to the one-day squad."

Despite being Glamorgan's leading runs scorer last season with more than 2,000 in all competitions, Cosgrove was not re-engaged for the whole of the 2011 season.

That was after the controversial appointment of South African Alviro Petersen as captain, which meant Cosgrove could play in only the T20 where two overseas players per side are allowed.

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