Mark Cosgrove

Country: Australia
Born: June 14, 1984, Elizabeth, Adelaide, South Australia
Height: 1.75 m
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Mark Cosgrove Bio

Mark James Cosgrove, born on June 14, 1984, in Liverpool, New South Wales, is an Australian cricketer renowned for his hard-hitting batting skills. Despite facing challenges related to his weight throughout his career, Cosgrove’s immense talent and ability to score runs have made him a significant figure in the sport.

Cosgrove burst onto the cricket scene at a young age, making his first-class debut for South Australia at just 18 years old. He quickly made a name for himself as a batsman who punished anything outside off from fast bowlers. In 2005, he was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, showcasing his immense potential.

However, his weight often overshadowed his remarkable performances on the field. Nicknamed “Baby Boof” due to his similarities with former Australian player Darren Lehmann, Cosgrove’s weight became a point of contention in his career. In 2006, he was selected to play three one-day internationals for Australia but was unable to secure a permanent spot due to fitness concerns.

Despite facing setbacks, Cosgrove never let his weight hinder his performance. In the 2005-2006 season, he faced a month-long suspension for returning unfit from a club stint in England. South Australia challenged him to lose five kilograms or risk losing his state contract. Motivated by this ultimatum, Cosgrove silenced his critics by amassing an impressive 736 runs at an average of 66.90 in the Pura Cup and 591 runs at an average of 73.87 in the one-day competition.

Following a couple of quieter seasons with South Australia, Cosgrove was dropped from the team. He then joined Tasmania, where his weight was not considered a hindrance. In his first season with the Tigers, he topped the Sheffield Shield run tally with 806 runs at an average of 53.73, leading them to victory. Cosgrove continued to perform consistently for Tasmania over four seasons and played a pivotal role in winning the Sheffield Shield in 2012-13.

In 2013-14, Cosgrove declined a two-year contract extension with Tasmania and returned home to South Australia. Despite the state’s previous doubts about helping him fulfill his potential, Cosgrove aimed to prove them wrong. He also played three seasons of county cricket with Glamorgan and achieved his highest first-class score of 233 against Derbyshire during this period.

A new challenge awaited Cosgrove when he joined Leicestershire as their captain in 2016. Alongside coach Andrew McDonald, he took on the responsibility of reviving a struggling team, but despite his exceptional performances, Leicestershire finished bottom of the division. Cosgrove, however, continued to push himself physically, demonstrating his determination to be at the top of his game.

Mark Cosgrove’s career has been a testament to his resilience and unwavering dedication to the sport he loves. His ability to overcome challenges related to his weight has not only showcased his talent but also inspired others in similar situations. With numerous achievements and a passion for the game, Cosgrove continues to leave a lasting impact on Australian cricket.

Mark Cosgrove Career Stats

Mark Cosgrove Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 0 112 74 37.33 116 96.55 0 1 12 2 0 0
FC 221 393 22 14976 233 40.36 24289 61.65 36 87 - - 133 0
List A 160 154 4 4821 121 32.14 5434 88.71 4 39 - - 49 0
T20s 139 135 10 3112 89 24.89 2526 123.19 0 14 336 69 26 0

Mark Cosgrove Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 2 30 13 1 1/1 1/1 13 2.6 30 0 0 0
FC 221 - 4307 2393 52 3/3 - 46.01 3.33 82.8 0 0 0
List A 160 - 1067 1141 18 2/21 2/21 63.38 6.41 59.2 0 0 0
T20s 139 16 197 320 10 2/11 2/11 32 9.74 19.7 0 0 0

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