Cosgrove wants Glamorgan overseas role again

Mark Cosgrove insists he wants to return to Glamorgan next year for the entire season as the county’s overseas player.

In 2010 the big Australian opener enjoyed a productive summer scoring more than 2,000 runs in all competitions.

But the 27-year-old Tasmania left-hander then became a victim of circumstance when Glamorgan decided to employ South African Alviro Petersen as their captain for 2011. It meant there was only a place for Cosgrove in the t20 side.

With Petersen on a one-season contract, and unlikely to extend his stay, Glamorgan will be looking for an overseas player for next year.

Even though he had a poor t20 campaign Cosgrove, who has three Australia one-day caps to his name, is ready return for the entire 2012 season.

“I love playing with the boys and love playing for Glamorgan and hope I have not played my last game for them,” said Cosgrove. “I want to come back next season for the whole year.

“I have been pretty disappointing this summer. I got a lot of starts, but I did not cash in as I did last year.

“It has been a frustrating year and it has probably been because of a lack of cricket. I had two months off before I came over here, whereas last year I came into the T20 tournament with a lot of cricket under my belt. I am a guy who likes to play cricket and bat for long periods.”

Cosgrove does have the option of playing as a domestic player. He holds a British passport as his parents were both English-born.

But he is adamant he is not yet ready to turn his back on international cricket with his native Australia. “I want to keep playing for Australia and in Australia,” added Cosgrove.

“If I get a chance to play Test cricket that would be fantastic and I am happy to keep scoring runs over there and try to force the selectors’ hand.

“The British passport thing is always an option and I always get asked about it. There will come a time but it is not at the moment.”

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