Cooper Comes In For Injured Gruijters

Tom Cooper plays a cover drive
Tom Cooper will join up with the Netherlands squad in Bangladesh to replace Tim Gruijters
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The Netherlands have made a late change to their ICC World Twenty20 squad with Tom Cooper coming in to replace Tim Gruijters, who has a lower back injury.

Gruijters has been ruled out of the tournament, which begins for the Netherlands when they play the United Arab Emirates on Monday (17th March).

Australian-born Cooper has played eight Twenty20 Internationals for the Netherlands, most recently against Kenya in April 2013.

An experienced batsman and occasional off-spin bowler, Cooper has played 39 first-class games, one-day games and 60 Twenty20 matches for South Australia, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades and the Netherlands.

After representing Australia at Under-19s level, he first played for the Dutch in 2010, and in 23 One-Day Internationals, has scored 976 runs at an average of 48.80.

He joins younger brother Ben, who is already part of the squad in Bangladesh, after the ICC Event Technical Committee approved the replacement.

The Netherlands lost both of their warm-up matches ahead of the start of the tournament, first to Afghanistan and then to Hong Kong, failing to score than 100 runs on both occasions.

After playing UAE, they will play Zimbabwe (19th March) and Ireland (21st March). The group winner will then join England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the second stage of the competition.

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