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Notts confirm Cowan signing

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 20, 2012

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Ed Cowan drives, Australia v South Africa, first Test, day four, Brisbane, November 12, 2012
Australia opener Ed Cowan will get match practice in England with Notts ahead of the Ashes © Getty Images
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Ed Cowan, the Australia opener, has been confirmed as Nottinghamshire's overseas signing for the first half of the 2013 season. Cowan, who will likely feature in the Ashes against England later in the summer, will be available for seven rounds of the Championship, as well as eight CB40 matches.

The move, first reported on ESPNcricinfo, will give Cowan extra time to get used to batting in English conditions ahead of the Ashes. Notts will be his second county, after a stint with Gloucestershire in 2012, and the 30-year-old has also played in England for Scotland and Oxford MCCU. He currently averages 34 in Test cricket after 11 matches, with one century.

"I was very keen to play some Division One cricket and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to do that with Nottinghamshire," Cowan said. "There are a lot of good players at the Club and Trent Bridge is a great venue so I'm hoping to make a good contribution on and off the field."

Nottinghamshire, who finished fifth in Division One in 2012, will look to recruit another overseas player after Cowan's departure. Last season, Adam Voges filled the overseas role, while David Hussey had previously been linked with a return to the club.

Notts' director of cricket, Mike Newell, said: "Ed has an excellent record in Test cricket and there was an opportunity to sign him for a decent period given that a lot of Australian players were set to spend time in England on an A tour in preparation for the Ashes. Our priority was to find a player who we felt could score a good volume of runs in four day cricket but Ed has a good one day record as well and we're confident that he can make a difference for us."

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Posted by ozziespirit on (December 22, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Good that Cowan's going to get a game in England so he can get adjusted before the Ashes. Hope he doesn't go the way of Phil Hughes in 2009 though, where he got out to good bowling.

Posted by CricketCoachDB on (December 21, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Thereby giving Notts another opener at the start of the season..how will Hales and Lumb take being denied a place in the IPL if they're playing second XI cricket?

Posted by Chris_P on (December 21, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung. Master plan? You mean the same that worked for Steve & Mark Waugh, Terry Alderman & Allan Border? Thanks for that, but I reckon we are way ahead of the stints over there thanks, but hey, thanks for your inputs!

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 21, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Has Warner ever played in England? .. I can't recall a time. I agree with RJHB, Warner should be over there as well. I've got a feeling he could be a dark horse in the Ashes. One or two jolly good Warnerings could make some difference to the series. .. Anyway, I'd like to congratulate Notts for taking Ed aboard. He seems to be a really nice bloke and a good thinker (and no slouch as a writer) about the game. I'm sure he'll try his level best to pay back your faith in him.

Posted by landl47 on (December 21, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Good for Ed Cowan. I admire players who are always working to improve their game even though they have been around for a while. He's not the most naturally gifted player, but he deserves to succeed.

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (December 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung I remember Phil Hughes going over there and playing rather well this year actually (Khwaja too) I also remember him making a great 86 against SL the other day and his new ability to score all around the ground. Great plan if you ask me.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 21, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

This is all a master plan of the ECB...hahahaha. Remember what happened to Phil Hughes? Just more time for the poms to figure out a new opener before the ashes...LOL

Posted by hris on (December 21, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

@brusselslion - we dont look for excuses mate. Just trying everything to be a better team, thats all.

Posted by RJHB on (December 21, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Thats a great result and there should be more like it. Memo to messrs Watson and Warner, forget about the bloody IPL money and do something for your country, follow Cowan!

Posted by mikey76 on (December 20, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Might struggle at Trent Bridge, especially in April/May. One of the best cricket wickets in England. Could make or break him.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 20, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Good luck to Cowan & Notts. Cowan, although not as talented as some puts in the hard yards & fully deserves any rewards his picks up. A good team man by all reports so should fit in well there.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Let's hope his season mirrors that of Hughes in 2009.

Re his recruitment in an Ashes summer: So be it. Better to beat a side containing batsmen who cannot complain about 'alien' conditions, being underprepared, etc.

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