Edward James McKenzie Cowan is a former Australian Cricketer born on June 16th, 1982, in Paddington, Sydney, Australia. He was a left-handed opening batsman, apart from being a writer who penned down a book named “In the Firing line”. He also worked as an analyst in an investment bank.
He started playing cricket at the age of 14 when he joined the Cranbrook School in Bellevue Hill. There, he scored 218 not out against ACT in the national championships. This is the highest individual score for any New South Wales player in that tournament.
He was then selected in the Australian squad for the 2000 U19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka. He then played for University of Sydney Cricket Club and in the year 2005 he made his debut for NSW.
In 2009 he shifted his base to Tasmania where he represented Tasmanian Tigers. He had a very successful first season. He scored 957 runs at an average of 53.16 in that season. His highest individual score of 225 came in the very first match of that season against South Australia.
He followed it up with two more centuries that season. In the 2011-12 season, he hit 4 centuries that saw him earn a National team call up.
He made his Test debut for Australia in the 1st Test against India on December 26, 2011. He was presented with his baggy green by Dean Jones. He scored 68 runs in the 1st innings, making him the 18th Australian player to score a half century on debut.
He played all four tests that series scoring 204 and averaging over 34.
Rise to Glory
In the series against South Africa in 2012, he scored his maiden century in Brisbane. He dedicated his century in memory of his mentor Peter Roebuck. He could not follow up to make good scores in that series. He scored a total of 228 runs in 5 innings.
He also represented Australia in the series in India and West Indies. He scored 86 runs in his first test match of the India tour. He finished the series as the 2nd highest run scorer and one of the bright prospects for Australia. He was also selected in one Ashes Test in 2013, in Nottingham, where he scored 0 and 14.
He could not make it into the National team as a regular member. He opened for Australia when some senior players got injured. He could not make it into the team for ODI and T20. He did not use his very little opportunity to score good runs which made him a second-choice player.
He played for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship, Hobart Hurricanes in the 2012 Big Bash league, and Sydney Sixers for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He started to play for New South Wales from 2015 after a gap of 6 years.
Cowan's Record in Numbers
He has the record for the highest individual score for New South Wales in the National Championship.
He, along with David Warner, achieved the highest opening partnership for Australia in India. They scored 139 runs for the opening stand.
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