New South Wales stalwart and Australia three-Test seamer Trent Copeland has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
Copeland has been a mainstay of Sheffield Shield cricket over the past 14 years having taken 410 first-class wickets at 25.65 including 21 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls.
The 195cm swing bowler has tormented Australian domestic batters across his career without possessing much pace. His unerring accuracy and skill to swing the ball both ways in both friendly and unfriendly conditions made him one New South Wales’ finest-ever Shield bowlers.
He burst onto the in his debut game as a 23-year-old taking 8 for 92 in his first Shield innings with the ball, the second-best figures by a New South Wales’ bowler on debut, and claiming 10 for the match. He took an extraordinary 80 wickets in his first 15 Shield matches at 21.57. It got him selected on an Australia A tour of Zimbabwe in 2011 and the subsequent three-Test tour of Sri Lanka a month later. He took 5 for 47 in the first tour match and debuted in the first Test in Galle alongside Nathan Lyon. Copeland played in all three Tests in Sri Lanka and took six wickets as Australia won the series 1-0. He also went on the following two-Test tour of South Africa but did not play.
The emergence of fellow New South Wales quicks Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at Test level meant Copeland never got another opportunity at Test level but their absence from Shield cricket allowed him to dominate the domestic competitions. He played in four Shield finals and helped New South Wales claim two titles. He took 52 wickets in the 2018-19 season including 8 in a losing final against Victoria at the Junction Oval. Only 12 bowlers in the competition’s history have ever taken more wickets in a single season. He finishes equal 11th on the all-time Shield wicket-takers list with 344 scalps at 26.30.
Copeland also played one season for Northamptonshire in division two of the county championship in 2013 and took 45 wickets at 18.36 in just 10 games including four five-wicket hauls.
Copeland only played 29 List A games but did play in New South Wales’ Matador BBQs Cup [Australia’s domestic One-Day Cup competition] triumph in 2016-17 taking 2 for 33 in the final against Queensland. It was his last List A game.
He only played T20s across his career playing one for NSW in the old Big Bash competition in 2011 and then two in the BBL, including one for Sydney Thunder in 2012 and one for Sydney Sixers in 2014.
In recent years Copeland has combined his Shield playing duties with NSW with television commentary, working for Channel Seven on their Test and BBL coverage as an analyst.