London: Jul 13, 2012
With Australian batsmen enduring a torrid time during their recent 4-0 thrashing in the one-day international series against England, there could be places up for grabs when Michael Clarke's team return for the Ashes next year and Cowan underlined his credentials with an innings of 103 to help Gloucestershire reach 284 for four in this Second Division clash.
Cowan was denied a central contract when Australian selectors announced their 17-man list last month, but he looks determined to prove them wrong and the 30-year-old Tasmania left-hander will have another chance to impress when he leads the A team against the England Lions next month.
Cowan batted for five-and-a-half hours on a tricky pitch, facing 268 balls including a six and 12 fours, and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 104 with New Zealand's Hamish Marshall.
Resuming on his overnight score of 51 not out, Cowan added just 31 from 100 balls during an attritional morning session.
But Cowan moved swiftly to three figures after lunch, straight-driving seamer Reece Topley for four and then easing a full-length ball from David Masters through the covers in the next over to register his maiden championship hundred.
Masters finally ended Cowan's resistence when he trapped him on the front foot moments later. (AFP)