Cowan's century in Gabba Test may have sealed ticket for Ashes series
Australia opening batsman Ed Cowan's maiden century against South Africa in the first Test match at Gabba, Brisbane has ensured him of a place in the Test squad for next year's Ashes, according to Australian cricket writer, Robert Craddock.
"Cowan yesterday gave Arthur and the team just what they wanted from him this season as opposed to last: more energy, a sharper focus, an extra gear at the crease. He was not simply existing and absorbing. He was expanding," Craddock wrote in his article for News.com.au.
"His gutsy counter punches against short pitched bowling on Sunday evening stalled South Africa's momentum and they barely had another thing to cheer about for another full day," he added/
"Even before this innings he had the collective goodwill of the selection panel puffing wind into his sails towards the Ashes tour next year," he further wrote.
Craddock further said: "The patience and poise and courage under fire he displayed was just what Australia is looking for as they groom a top order for next season's Ashes tour. The Test season is only four days old yet a significant piece of the Ashes puzzle has fallen into place."