Full name Ashley Preston Cowan
Born May 7, 1975, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Current age 41 years 84 days
Major teams Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 5 in
Education Framlingham College
|Last First-class||Essex v Worcestershire at Chelmsford, May 20-23, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Essex at Worcester, Jun 19, 2005 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Essex at Leicester, Jul 19, 2004 scorecard|
With greater drive and dedication, Ashley Cowan could have been a high quality fast bowler. Cowan had pace, his height allowed him to extract disconcerting bounce out of a pitch, and he could swing the ball away. But he preferred a night out to a net and he never fulfilled his potential. Injuries played their part, too: in 2003 Cowan was forced to undergo major knee surgery, missed the whole season and was never the same again. He did tour the West Indies with England in 1997-98, a selection that owed much to his performance in the NatWest final, then still the county pro's best shop window. Unsurprisingly, he did not appear in a Test, and took only one wicket all tour.
NBC Denis Compton Award 1997
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"