Name: Ed Cowan
Date of birth: 16/06/1982
International Team: Australia
Domestic Team: Nottinghamshire
Bowling Style: Leg break
Batting Style: Left-hand
Ed Cowan is one half of Australian cricket's odd couple.
Cowan is the stereotypical intellectual cricketer - educated at a private school, studied commerce at university, worked for an investment bank - although, having written a book about a season playing Sheffield Shield cricket, he perhaps took the definition of intellectual cricketer to new levels.
His personality, and indeed his batting style, is chalk and cheese with that of David Warner, but together they formed an unlikely Test opening partnership for the best part of 18 months.
Warner's off-field indiscretions looked to have put an end to that partnership for now, but Cowan is determined to continue to make an impact in Test cricket.
The 31-year-old is often criticised for failing to convert his good starts into big scores, and with a batting average of 32.90 and just one hundred to his name after 17 Tests, that part of his reputation may stick around for some time.
But the other part of his reputation - that of a classic opener who can see off the new ball and grind out runs when his country needs it - is likely to stick around even longer.
Cowan will look to draw on his previous experience in English conditions, having played county cricket for Nottinghamshire and Gloucestershire in recent years.
International Career Overview
|Career Span:||2011-2013||Innings Bowled:||0|
|Highest Score:||136||Best bowling in Innings:||N/A|
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A
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