The solution lies within says Copeland

Trent Copeland celebrates one of his five wickets against Sussex
Trent Copeland celebrates one of his five wickets against Sussex

An individual approach is the key to turning around Northamptonshire’s one-day troubles.

That is the opinion of Trent Copeland following the Steelbacks’ 61-run defeat to Sussex at the County Ground.

Once again, it was the batting that proved to be the problem as the home side were unable to make any impression of what wasn’t a particularly tricky chase.

And Copeland, who had taken a career-best 5-32 in Sussex’s 215-7, says that every player needs to assess their own contribution.

He said: “The batting hasn’t fired all year so far, apart from Pedro (Stephen Peters) in the four-day stuff, we really haven’t cpaitalised on our opportunities and we’ve spoken heavily about that in team meetings and hopefully the boys can turn that around.”

“Each individual has got to look at themselves, including myself, and think about what you can do, the one per centers.

“Decisions under pressure, that’s what it comes down to, the reason (Chris) Nash and (Ed) Joyce did well under pressure was that they made the right decisions, they didn’t take risks, knocked the ball around, got themselves in and then started cashing in and that’s something that we couldn’t do.”

But despite the disappointment at the result, the Australian was pleased with how he bowled, especially with the new ball.

He added: “I was happy with how I executed my yorkers, particularly at the end and to have 2-5 after my first spell in the powerpley I was pretty happy with that.

“We really turned up today in the field, it was disappointing the batting display but I suppose that happens in one-day cricket.”