NEW DELHI: Australia opener Ed Cowan today gave a huge compliment to India’s latest batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan by equating his breathtaking effort of 187 on debut to the batting style of legendary Don Bradman.
The opener however remained non-committal about the availability of skipper Michael Clarke, who is down with back spasms.
“I have just spoken to him. He basically said that best possible medical team is working overtime on his ‘back’. It’s a condition that he has had for a long time. It’s a day-to-day proposition. I don’t know what is the possibility or probability of him playing the Test but he’s (Clarke) is confident. Because he is familiar with it (injury) and deals it with on a daily basis.”
Despite a 0-3 hammering so far and the possibility of a 0-4 defeat, Cowan expectedly harped on the “positives” that has emerged from this tour.
“No doubt, if you look at the result, it has been disappointing but if you look at the bigger picture. It’s been really positive to an extent to get the guys up to speed. The experience of playing in the sub-continent has been a positive and has added to their cricketing knowledge. The juniors would feel that it has added to the knowledge base and they can tap it when they come back in four years’ time.”
Cowan accepted that not scoring big hundreds like the Indians, has been the one of the prime reason for team’s disastrous show in the three Test matches.
“I think the wickets played on beautifully. It is a good batting wicket, if you can get in. The difference has been that their guys have converted the good starts into match-winning knocks while including myself, we have go out in 302s, 402s or 802s. Their players have gone onto score 2002s and 1802s. That’s a part of the cause as guys at our end didn’t go onto score huge.” -PTI