A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ed Cowan lashes out at Ian Chappell over scathing criticism

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Cowan is more focused on his own batting rather than what his critics have to say

Australia opening batsman Ed Cowan has launched a scathing attack against former captain Ian Chappell over his comments regarding whether Cowan really is Test material.

Cowan failed to impress during Australia’s recent four-Test series against India, but the left-hander refused to believe Chappell’s comments about whether he should be representing Australia at the Test level.

“I’m going to have to score a hell of a lot of runs before that (being in Chappell’s XI) happens,” Cowan said. “But I doubt that I’ll ever see myself in his team.

“One of things with Test cricket is you work out pretty quickly that everyone has got an opinion, everyone is entitled to an opinion. Often it’s not the same opinion as what you have.”

Cowan’s performances have drawn criticism in the past, but the opener announced that he has been taking a “head in the sand” approach to all of it.

“I’ve taken a bit of a head-in-the-sand approach in relation to guys when they pick a team and you’re not in it,” Cowan said. “So be it. I’ve got the opportunity now and it’s important for the team now that I keep playing more innings like that.”

Chappell has been a fierce critic of Cowan in the past and has called for batsman Shane Watson to replace him as an opening batsman on numerous occasions.

Chappell also noted that Watson and David Warner would complement each other as openers since there is a left and right hand combination.

He also believes that the pair have the ability to put England on the back foot during the upcoming back-to-back Ashes series since they both have aggressive mentalities.

However, Cowan stated that he was more focused on developing himself into a better Test batsman than appeasing his critics.

“I’m the first to put my hand up and say I haven’t been good enough in terms of making sure those 50 and 60-ball innings become 180 or 200-ball innings,” Cowan said. “That’s one area where I can really kick on and if I can turn a few more of those starts into long innings then I dont really mind what Ian Chappell has to say.”

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