|Full name||Mark James Cosgrove|
14 June 1984 |
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 17 March 2013
Mark James Cosgrove (born 14 June 1984, in Elizabeth, South Australia) is a left-handed batsman and part-time medium pace bowler, who is contracted with the Tasmania for the 2010–11 season after previously playing for South Australia. In 2005 Cosgrove was named the Bradman Young Player of the Year. Nevertheless, he was dropped from the state squad in early 2005 because of claims that he was overweight, but was reinstated a few months later.
Cosgrove debuted internationally with a One Day International against Bangladesh at Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah on 28 April 2006, responding with an aggressive half-century. He was signed by Glamorgan in 2006 for the English summer, and was regarded as a dark horse for selection in the 2007 World Cup; however, a poor 2006–07 season with South Australia meant he was not selected.
In 2007 he declined an offer to return to Glamorgan, instead joining the Centre of Excellence in Australia at the request of national chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. On 25 July 2007, Cosgrove was suspended from the Centre of Excellence for disciplinary reasons. On 28 September 2009 he once again signed to Glamorgan as their overseas player for the summer season.
On 13 April 2010, while still only 25, Cosgrove was overlooked on a contract with South Australia and ended an eventful eight years with the state. Jamie Cox, the state's director of cricket, said he had not fulfilled his potential. "Mark has made a valuable contribution to South Australian cricket over many years, and I certainly hope there are other opportunities out there for him," Cox said. "We have worked hard with him during this time, but the unfortunate reality is that we were unable to help him fulfil his full potential."
The decision comes after Cosgrove scored 511 first-class runs in 2009/10, including two hundreds, and also averaged more than 40 in the one-day competition. He contributed as South Australia progressed to the Twenty20 domestic final, but was not a part of the squad for the lucrative Champions League later in the year.
Cosgrove signed a new contract for the 2010/11 season with Tasmania and scored 806 Shield runs, the most in the competition.
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