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Copeland to return to Northants

Northamptonshire have re-signed Australia seam-bowling all-rounder Trent Copeland as an overseas player for three of their final five LV= County Championship matches this season.

The 27-year-old, who took part in three Tests in Sri Lanka during 2011, was key in helping Northants lead Division Two by 44 points with a game in hand when he returned to Sydney in early June.

Northants have since drawn one and lost two of their three championship contests, twice to table-topping Lancashire who now lead them by a point with a match to spare. He will be available versus Essex, Glamorgan and Hampshire in late August and early September.

Copeland, who told ecb.co.uk he wanted to stay in June, took 36 championship wickets at an average of 16.25 and scored 197 runs at 49.3, aided by three not-outs in his seven innings.

He also impressed in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with 14 wickets at 13.6 to see the Steelbacks sit third in Group A. They are now second.

Head coach David Ripley said: "This news will give everybody involved with Northants a lift. Trent made an outstanding contribution in his first stint with us, both on and off the field. We look forward to welcoming both him and his wife Kim back to the County Ground."

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