A hard-hitting left hand batsman known for his punishment of anything outside off stump has been one of the most consistent scorers in Australian domestic cricket over the past few years. Cosgrove made his first-class debut at 18 and was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2005. Nicknamed “Baby Boof” in those days, Cosgrove did his best to upstage his South Australia team-mate Darren Lehmann during a brilliant 2005-06. His response was to strike 736 runs at 66.90 in the Pura Cup and 591 at 73.87 in the one-day competition, which led to his ODI call-up. On debut against Bangladesh, Cosgrove opened and made 74 from 69 balls, but his stint in the team was short-lived.
After a couple of quieter seasons with South Australia – although he still averaged over 40 in both formats in 2009-10 – Cosgrove left South Australia Redbacks and took up a contract with Tasmania. The Tigers were happy to have him and in his first season with them he topped the Sheffield Shield run tally with 806 at 53.73 and helped them win the title. A consistent performer over four seasons with Tasmania, often as an opening batsman, Cosgrove again played in a Shield-winning side in 2012-13.
Now finds himself back at home playing for the South Australian Redbacks and is currently playing overseas in the UK for Worestershire in County Cricket Championships in England.
Current as @ 01 April, 2015
|Full Name:||Mark James Cosgrove|
|Date of Birth:||14 June, 1984, Elizabeth, Adelaide, South Australia|
|Major Teams:||Australia, Glamorgan, South Australia, Sydney Sixers, Tasmania|
List A debut: 2002/03
First Class debut: 2002/03
ODI debut: 28 April, 2006 v Bangladesh
T20 debut: 8 January, 2006 v South Australia
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – 2005.