Ben Cooper (cricketer)

Benjamin Nicolas Cooper (born 10 February 1992) is an Australian–Dutch cricketer. He played for the Netherlands in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.[1] In January 2022, Cooper announced his retirement from international cricket.[2]

Ben Cooper
Personal information
Full name
Benjamin Nicolas Cooper
Born (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 31)
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsTom Cooper (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 59)27 August 2013 v Canada
Last ODI7 June 2021 v Ireland
ODI shirt no.32
T20I debut (cap 29)15 November 2013 v Afghanistan
Last T20I22 October 2021 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.32
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 13 58 4 55
Runs scored 187 1,239 451 994
Batting average 18.70 28.15 75.16 22.08
100s/50s 0/1 0/8 1/3 1/4
Top score 74 91* 173* 109*
Catches/stumpings 2/– 35/– 2/– 19/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 September 2022

He is the brother of fellow cricketer Tom Cooper, who also played for the Netherlands but more recently has focused on Australian domestic cricket. They are Dutch citizens by descent through their mother who was born in Netherlands New Guinea.[3]


Cooper made his first-class debut for the Netherlands against Scotland in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup on 9 September 2015.[4] He scored his maiden first-class century in his second match, against Hong Kong in February 2017, also in the Intercontinental Cup.[5] In that match, he and Pieter Seelaar set a new Dutch record for the highest partnership for any wicket in a first-class match[6] and the highest sixth-wicket partnership in the Intercontinental Cup, when they made 288 runs.[5]

In December 2017, in the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship, Cooper scored his first century in List A cricket and made the highest partnership for any wicket in the World Cricket League, with 236 runs, batting with Wesley Barresi.[7][8]

In July 2018, Cooper was named in the Netherlands' One Day International (ODI) squad, for their series against Nepal.[9]

In July 2019, Cooper was selected to play for the Amsterdam Knights in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[10][11] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[12]

In September 2019, Cooper was named in the Dutch squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[13] He was the leading run-scorer for the Netherlands in the tournament, with 246 runs in nine matches.[14] In April 2020, he was one of seventeen Dutch-based cricketers to be named in the team's senior squad.[15] In September 2021, Cooper was named in the Dutch squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[16]


  1. ^ "Ben Cooper". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Netherlands' Ben Cooper retires from international cricket aged 29". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Coopers the key to a Dutch surge".
  4. ^ "ICC Intercontinental Cup, Netherlands v Scotland at The Hague, Sep 8–11, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Record Dutch stand forces Hong Kong to settle for draw". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "We've proven to ourselves we can put up big scores – Cooper". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Record Barresi-Cooper partnership hands Netherlands WCL title". ESPN Cricinfo. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Winning the WCL was an awesome experience - van der Merwe". ESPN Cricinfo. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Selecties Nederlands XI voor Lord's en Nepal". KNCB. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Inaugural Euro T20 Slam cancelled at two weeks' notice". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Ryan Campbell announces squad for T20 World Cup Qualifier". Royal Dutch Cricket Association. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  14. ^ "ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019/20 - Netherlands: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Dutch men's squads announced". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Dutch ICC Men's T20 World Cup squad announced". Royal Dutch Cricket Association. Retrieved 10 September 2021.

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