“Enjoyable” and “superior” just about sum up Mark Cosgrove’s tackle his time as a Leicestershire participant, and his strategy to the game he adores.
Enjoyment was, and stays, key. It comes method earlier than obsessing about weight, calorie-controlled diets, 10-mile runs and punishing health regimes.
The adopted Aussie left-hander isn’t your typical cricketer.
However ‘Cozzie’ scored runs. A lot of them. In all types of the sport.
A revered and in style captain, batsman and team-mate, he was a giant character and an equally hefty and imposing presence on the crease.
The one remorse, Cosgrove instructed BBC Radio Leicester, is that his ultimate season was ruined by the coronavirus pandemic, which means he did not play a recreation and “get the prospect to struggle for one more contract”.
It didn’t, nevertheless, mar a “improbable” 5 years of merely doing what he loves for the membership.
“We’ve got the very best job on the planet,” stated the 36-year-old, who’s now again taking part in in Australia for Northern Districts, however hopes to return to England subsequent season.
“I like taking part in cricket; if which means me taking part in down the highway with a few youngsters that dwell on the street then I’ll get pleasure from it. That does not change once I stroll out at Grace Highway or the MCG; it needs to be enjoyable and that’s what I attempt to get throughout to the lads.
“You see so many younger lads within the altering room who’re nervous and tense they usually practically neglect what they’re doing. You might be on the market having enjoyable. You are a 10-year-old child working round, diving round, smacking the ball all over the place; it is superior.
“I do know you receives a commission. However it’s a recreation and it is advisable to get pleasure from your self. Like every job, for those who get pleasure from it, you do it higher.
“Little doubt, if I had come over (this summer season) and made a heap of runs as I usually do I might have been capable of keep at Leicestershire. That’s the most disappointing half, that I did not get the prospect to struggle for my contract.”
‘I’ve a few good years left’
It is a frustration he hopes to have the ability to put proper subsequent season, as an opposition participant.
“I am going to attempt to get again over subsequent yr someplace,” Cosgrove added. “I’m nonetheless eager to play. I nonetheless suppose have a few good years left.
“I’ll get by means of my season in Australia after which do some teaching after which get again to England. Hopefully I will likely be again scoring extra county runs.”
The stats recommend he will likely be a gorgeous proposition when counties go searching for skilled batsmen nicely versed in English circumstances.
Cosgrove, who additionally performed for Glamorgan in two spells in 2006 and from 2009-2011, scored a complete of seven,348 runs in all three codecs for Leicestershire. He’s additionally the membership’s main T20 run-scorer.
His worldwide profession didn’t transcend three three one-day internationals for Australia in 2006, however his spell in Leicester has been fulfilling.
“I’m actually happy with what I’ve left at Grace Highway,” Cosgrove stated. “My time has been an actual constructive. I feel I carried out rather well. I had some improbable gamers with me and I made some lifelong buddies.
“It is a household membership they usually actually made me and my household welcome from day one. It was a improbable place to be. I actually grew as an individual. It is grow to be a second house for me.”
Beers within the ice bathtub
Leicester grew to become a second house to such an extent that his son Oliver was born within the metropolis and Cosgrove holds a UK passport, so has been not classed as an abroad participant.
Ought to he return, the enjoyable issue will nonetheless be uppermost in his thoughts, though he can not help however hanker after a number of the old skool, off-field coaching strategies from when he was beginning out.
“You spend a lot collectively as a group and also you journey a lot, you do not see your loved ones, your girlfriend, your youngsters so you must have enjoyable,” he added.
“You may’t be cricket, mattress, cricket, mattress. You want that launch, simply to convey the enjoyment again. In any other case it turns into a tough slog.
“You do see it once in a while with younger youngsters who get overawed and battle to have some enjoyable and loosen up.
“The perfect gamers play with freedom and a carefree perspective however when the sport is on the road it is advisable to swap again on and do the best factor, the very best gamers can.”
However the probabilities of Cosgrove altering his restoration regime after a recreation in his twilight years appear slim.
“Once I first began; we put beers within the ice as a substitute of our bodies within the ice,” he defined.
BBC Radio Leicester cricket commentator Richard Rae
It was a privilege to be current each single day ‘Coz’ took the sector for Leicestershire, as a result of he was by no means lower than completely dedicated.
With the bat, he was usually a category aside; the actual fact his was the wicket opposing bowlers valued probably the most extremely was all the time evident.
Belligerent, sure, however very trendy with it. At instances he performed pictures with a grace that dropped at thoughts former Foxes’ left-hander David Gower, although that was probably the one factor they’d in widespread.
As captain the whole lot he did was constructive – and he was a greater swing bowler than he realised, as nicely being a fantastic shut catcher, although once more, he was much less satisfied.
And for all his livid willpower, Cozzie performed cricket with a smile. His love for the sport was all the time obvious, and generally he could not assist however make you smile; famously lower than svelte, he did not a lot activate his heel when working two as prescribe a semi-circle.
“Momentum, mate, it is all about momentum,” he grinned. We are going to miss him very a lot.