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Copeland surprised by Australia call

Trent Copeland admitted to being stunned by his inclusion in the Australia squad for the tour of Sri Lanka next month.

Five years ago Copeland was a third-grade wicketkeeper-batsman in Sydney club cricket but can now look forward to wearing the baggy green alongside fellow uncapped duo James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 25-year-old who was informed of his selection by Greg Chappell whilst flying home with the Australia A team after a successful tour of Zimbabwe.

The lanky New South Wales paceman practically demanded a spot in the touring party having claimed an impressive 87 wickets at an average of just over 21 since making his first-class debut for the Blues 18 months ago.

But he insists he was genuinely shocked to learn of his inclusion in Michael Clarke's squad.

"You never count your chickens," Copeland said.

"I was just going about my business and it just made that moment when Greg told me that I'd been picked that little bit more special and I suppose I'll remember that QF64 flight for a long time.

"It means absolutely everything. It's beyond belief at the moment, it hasn't really sunk in. I spoke to Greg Chappell on the plane on the way home and it was quite a surreal moment for me.

"It's all come about very quickly but I am absolutely thrilled and I've had a lot of messages of support since I've been home and just really excited about what lies ahead and hopefully ready to take that chance.

"When Greg told me I thought I was just walking down to have a bit of feedback on the Aussie A tour and to be told that I was (in the Test squad) - even to be on this Australia A tour I was flabbergasted.

"To have the opportunity in front of me to play with some amazing cricketers who I've looked up to and watched on TV for so long ...I couldn't be more excited."

Victoria paceman Pattinson insists he is ready for the challenge of Test cricket despite making just eight first-class appearances.

He said: "It was a pretty good phone call to wake up to so, I'm over the moon. It has been a goal all of my life to play for Australia.

"It has come a bit unexpectedly. A year ago I hadn't even played many Shield games.

"But I'm definitely aiming to get a game over there. It will be great to go over there with two great bowlers like Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson."

Recently returned from Australia's ODI tour of Bangladesh, Pattinson said he would consult team-mates and coaches about tackling the conditions in Sri Lanka, somewhere he has never played.

"They are tough conditions over there," he added.

"As a fast bowler you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve and I will be talking to Test greats like Craig McDermott to get some insight into how to handle it.

"Ricky (Ponting) and Pup (Michael Clarke) have played a lot of cricket over there so it will be great to get an insight from them."

The Test series starts in Galle on August 31 with following Tests in Kandy on September 8 and Colombo on September 16.

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