[caption id="attachment_690691" align="aligncenter" width="594"]<img class="size-full wp-image-690691" alt="Ed Cowan Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/841706786.jpg" width="594" height="355" /> Ed Cowan Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/australia" target="_blank">Australia</a> Test opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ed-cowan" target="_blank">Ed Cowan</a> announced his retirement from professional cricket Wednesday, leaving the game with more than 10,000 runs and 25 centuries to his name. The 35-year-old made his Test debut in the Boxing Day clash with India in 2011, but hasn't added to his 18 appearances since his last outing in 2013. He averaged 31.28. He pulled the pin after a poor 2017-18 season with New South Wales. "I have loved the game from my earliest days and feel incredibly lucky to still do so," he said."At this stage I will continue to play Premier Cricket with Sydney University for the remainder of this season and beyond as we aim for successive titles." <p></p> <p></p>Cowan, however, will continue to partake in club cricket with Sydney University. He further added, "It's been a wonderful journey and I'm grateful for all those who contributed along the way. I'll always cherish the great memories and friendships that the game has afforded me. I feel incredibly lucky to have played around the world with so many great people over such a long period of time. I'll always cherish the great memories and friendships that the game has afforded me. I feel incredibly lucky to have played around the world with so many great people over such a long period of time." <p></p> <p></p>Cowan was the leading run-getter for the 2016-17 Sheffield Shield season, scoring 959 runs at a healthy average of 73.76. He also accrued 336 runs during the ongoing Sheffield Shield season.