Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Born Again Batsman's Run Quest

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Born Again Batsman's Run Quest

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

In the space of two years, Kyle Coetzer went from one of the bright young things of Scottish cricket to a struggling second-teamer. Stuart Rayner reports on the Durham player back and out to make up for lost time

Kyle Coetzer spent March supporting Scotland in cricket's World Cup but today he hopes to score as many runs as possible against them and continue a promising start to his second coming as a Durham batsman.

Despite his surname ( Coetzer has South African parents and both his brothers were born in the Cape Province ( the 23-year-old is from Aberdeen, where his father moved to work in the oil industry.

So if the weather allows, today's Friends Provident Trophy match against Scotland at the Riverside will provide an ideal opportunity to revive an international career that appeared to be dying a death until the last couple of weeks.

When Coetzer made his full Scotland debut aged 20, scoring 133 against Kenya in the semi-final of the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup, it was the natural progression in his rise through the ranks with both club and country.

But such has been his fall from grace since he was reduced to watching this year's World Cup on television. Coetzer, however, believes it was just what he needed after a summer averaging only 21 in Durham's second team.

"It was a bit of a disappointment not being picked for the World Cup but I think I just needed a bit of a break to refresh me," he admits. "It seems to have worked. I watched the World Cup and wanted Scotland to do really well and show what they were capable of, like the Irish did. I know they're capable of winning games and I wish they'd done better.

"But it was good to see the guys on television. It's slightly different to seeing them from the stands, especially if you're friends with a lot of them. …

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