Copeland is focused on regaining his spot in the national team
Australia pace bowler Trent Copeland has announced that he is not going to sit around feeling sorry for himself about not making the Test squad for the upcoming South Africa series, but noted that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get back into the national squad.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Copeland as saying: “Playing for Australia and being dropped is hard, but I think it’s a true test of your character to get back. And it’s not only about getting back but it’s also using the experience you gained in the Tests to help others benefit from it.”
Copeland is currently the captain of the New South Wales Second XI squad and stated that it felt good to keep fit and stay active, but admitted that he is desperate to make his mark for Australia.
“I think I’ve learned I have a pretty strong character [and], when the chips are down, I don’t doubt myself, even when some people may have written me off. You also learn who your true friends are and all those cliche things, But what I learned most is no matter if I’m playing for Australia, NSW, in the Big Bash League or for St George, I need to turn up ready to play, and regardless of who we’re playing against,” Copeland added.
After being dropped from the national team, Copeland noted that it was one of the most disappointing moments of his cricketing career, but, instead of moping about, Copeland has accepted that this is all part of life and that many more opportunities will come his way in the future.
“It’s about accepting different challenges and dropping the ego to get on with it because, at the end of the day, you’ve been dropped from the Australian side for a reason, so you need to come back and do your thing … prove to everyone why you should be back there,” Copeland said.