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Trent Copeland backs Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards for big futures

In a tumultuous year for Australian cricket, finally fans have something to smile about.

Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards.

The pair both notched centuries in their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania at the SCG after coming together at 5/181 with Sangha going on to score 117 and Edwards 101.

It was a breath of fresh air for Australian cricket following a review implemented into Cricket Australia and the national side – after they were caught ball-tampering in South Africa.

It resulted in the suspension of three players – as well as coach Darren Lehmann and CA CEO James Sutherland quitting – while Chairman David Peever and Cricket Australia Board Director Mark Taylor stepped down – and Executives Pat Howard and Ben Amarfio axed.

However, the performances of 18-year-old Edwards and 19-year-old Sangha have seen their names compared to a number of Aussie greats including Ricky Ponting.

Blues teammate Trent Copeland was full of praise for the pair.

“They came together last week when we were 5/180 in a as Sheffield Shield game,” Copeland said.

“They put on 200 and got us in the front at well over 400 declared and really dictated the game from that point on.

“It’s not like they came in when we were 2/200 and they were kicking guys when they were down, in terms of the other bowlers, they really showed the character.

“I love that they’re both all rounders. These guys are the all-round package and Cricket IQ… it’s all there.

“They’re such exciting prospects not just for New South Wales but in this day and age where we’re looking for the next batting stars in the country, they’ll be there or there abouts.”

Both players recently played in the PM XI’s victory over South Africa and have both represented the Australian under 19s side.

The match resulted in a draw after rain halted play on day three – despite a sporting declaration from both captains almost forcing a result.

The Blues made 9/442 in their first innings – before Tasmania declared at 4/115 – and NSW at 1/22 – to set up an enthralling final day which saw the Tigers finish at 7/264.


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