Glamorgan's Dean Cosker named 12th-man for Ashes Test in Cardiff

Dean Cosker celebrates with his Glamorgan team-mates
Dean Cosker made his Glamorgan debut in 1996.

Glamorgan's Dean Cosker will be England's 12th man on the first two days of the Test against Australia at the Swalec Stadium.

The 37-year-old left-arm spinner has done the job at Lord's and Old Trafford but never in Cardiff.

"[Cardiff is] where I've played all my professional cricket so it'll be a nice touch," said Cosker.

"I think (Glamorgan chief executive) Hugh Morris holds my fielding in high regard so I was given the accolade.

Cosker is set to return to the Glamorgan squad for the T20 Blast game away to Sussex after missing out on selection for the Championship match away to Derbyshire.

"I'm looking forward to it even though it's bitter-sweet because I'd like to have played in the Championship match at Chesterfield and tried to get the three wickets I need to get to 600 first-class wickets.

Dean Cosker

Glamorgan's Dean Cosker
  • Born: Weymouth, 7 January 1978
  • Honours: County Championship - 1997; One Day title - 2002 and 2004
  • Record: 597 first-class wickets, plus 254 in one day and 91 in T20

"Hopefully that'll happen in the next few weeks."

Cosker is currently playing second fiddle in the four-day selection to Andrew Salter, whom he describes as doing a "fantastic job", but is the preferred first-choice in the T20 Blast.

"They say the T20's a young man's game and I'm trying to prove people wrong," added Cosker.

"I love T20 on a Friday night and the white ball is coming out particularly well at the moment."

In the meantime Cosker says he is keen to sample the new England set-up.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing what the environment under new England coach Trevor Bayliss is all about and walking out in front of the Welsh public," he added.

"You've got to enjoy the challenge and I know every inch of the SSE Swalec Stadium so I won't be as nervous as I was at Lord's!"