Ed Cowan Cowan said that his hunger for runs and the desire to play again for his motherland is still there © Getty Images
Ed Cowan said that his hunger for runs and the desire to play again for his motherland is still there © Getty Images

Ed Cowan, New South Wales (NSW) opening batsman feels that his good performance this season should encourage Australian selectors to pick him for upcoming series’. The 33-year-old emerged as the fifth highest run getter in the Sheffield Shield this year. He scored 815 runs in nine matches. Also, Cowan’s Test record for Australia has been decent, it’s just that Australian team has overflowing of prodigious talents and batters with incredible finesse for all forms of the sport. Cowan said that his hunger for runs and the desire to play again for his motherland is still there. He feels that he is at his peak form at the moment and hence deserves to be in Australia’s squad. India vs Australia 2014-15: Ed Cowan threatening Chris Rogers’ position

Cowan was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald saying, “I’m confident I can keep churning out some runs and while winning games for NSW is first and foremost, if an opportunity comes up I learnt a lot from my experiences in Test cricket and I’d love another crack at it. At the end of last season I had the runs on the board and thought I might have been the next chance as an opener, but as an older guy they give younger guys a go and a couple of them took their chance.  I’m also realistic that as much as I’d love to do it, there is also the need to keep looking for the next 10-year player and Cricket Australia has every right to do that. However, if they’re looking for someone to fill that Chris Rogers mould, and give them a good three or four years, I’m ready.” READ: Ed Cowan’s dream of returning to Test cricket for Australia remains alive despite being uncontracted

“I scored four hundreds by last Christmas and if I can have four hundreds by this Christmas and NSW is at the top of the table after having won some good games of cricket runs, as the currency, it will go a long way. My focus is, first and foremost, to play really good cricket and being the guy to win the game for NSW. If [Test cricket] happens, so be it. I had a chance that I didn’t take and I’m comfortable with that.  But the point is while the desire [to return] is still there it’s not at the top of the tree.”

“I improved. I learnt a lot about my own game and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Tasmania helped turn my game around, so from a cricket point of view it was fantastic and I made a lot of great friends and we’ll be lifetime friends. I learnt I was good enough to win games, I proved that down there. Rather than just chipping away and contributing as I was in NSW, I became the guy who tried to win a game for the team, and that’s something I hope I can do for NSW.”