Northants: Trent Copeland to return for Championship run-in

Trent Copeland

Northants have re-signed Australian seamer Trent Copeland for three of the last five County Championship games.

The club have dropped to second in Division Two since Copeland returned to New South Wales, having taken 27 wickets in six first-class matches.

Copeland told BBC Radio Northampton: "When I left, it was about getting my body right, for not only myself but New South Wales, who are my first priority.

"But things fell into place and it's a great opportunity for me to get back."

Copeland will play against Essex, Glamorgan and Hampshire, but not Kent and Worcestershire.

"I want to help the boys finish what we started and hopefully push for promotion," he added.

"Our season starts back here [in Australia], so it's disappointing I can't be there for all the last five games.

"But hopefully for those three games I am there, we can get some good results and put it beyond doubt."

Northants were top of the table before losing to new leaders Lancashire home and away, but injuries to key players like captain Stephen Peters, vice-captain Alex Wakely and all-rounder Steven Crook, along with Copeland's absence, have halted their progress.

"This news will give everybody involved with Northants a lift," head coach David Ripley told the club website.

"Trent made an outstanding contribution in his first stint and we welcome him back to the County Ground."

The club are looking to secure promotion to the top flight, having been pipped by Surrey two summers ago by a single point.

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