A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Gutsy Ed Cowan looking forward to take on the South African pace attack

Cowan will be looking to master the South African pace trio during the Test series

Australia opening batsman Ed Cowan has revealed that he is looking forward to getting his first taste of the infamous South African pace attack, which features the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, ahead of the first Test on November 9 at Brisbane.

Having practised for an endless number of hours in the nets, Cowan noted that he had also watched a lot of tape on the way the South African pace trio bowled and added that he had further studied the movement and bounce they get off different types of pitches.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cowan as saying: “I’m a meticulous planner, so when I was in England when they were playing the Test series against England I watched them pretty closely, I certainly already have my plans in place for those bowlers and I’ll . . . really start preparing for their bowlers. On the flipside, they haven’t seen me bat either. It might be a bit of a staring contest first-up.”

Cowan was not part of the Australian squad which fell victim to Philander’s outstanding debut with the ball in November last year, but the opener stated that he hoped Philander would not have as much success as he did during this series.

“He’s obviously a high-class bowler. He’s bowled beautifully for 12 to 18 months, which is a long time in cricket.I think the Gabba will probably suit his style of bowling. Again, that’s just another challenge of opening the batting,” Cowan added.

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