Ed Cowan has go a start in each of his four innings during the current Test series against the West Indies, but his failure to push on is a cause for both concern and frustration for the opener
Scores of 14, 34, 28 and 20 have continued a trend that began in Cowan’s maiden Test series against India during the Australian summer; in his ten Test innings, Cowan has only failed to reach double figures on one occasion, but has only passed 30 three times.
Such a run of scores means that pressure has building on Cowan who has seen off challenges from Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh for a spot in the side. Both Khawaja (29.22) and Marsh (27.36) have similarly mediocre averages to the 30.20 that Cowan possesses.
“It’s frustrating, to state the obvious,” Cowan said after the close of play on day four in Trinidad, having been dismissed for 20.
“It’s something I’ve prided myself on in first-class cricket. If I get a start, I tend to go on with it. If I get to 30, I get a hundred so it’s been very frustrating. On the flip side, it feels that it’s nice to know you can consistently get in.
“I don’t feel like I’m going out there as a walking wicket and that I’m going to get knocked over. So that’s good. I feel like I’m not only good enough to be playing at this level but contributing.
“I’m probably more frustrated about getting in and then getting out than anything else. I feel like my game is in good order.
“There’s a big difference between being out of runs and out of form and I feel a little bit out of runs.”
Despite this, Cowan insists that he has not developed a mental block regarding his ability to make big scores.
“There are times when batsmen do bat with a cluttered mind and you can be a sitting duck when that happens,” he explained.
“I don’t feel that at the moment.
“I’m not getting to 20 and thinking ‘geez I’m 20 again - I need to go on with this - I’m in’. I think when you start doing that, you’re not treating every ball with a clear mind. You get yourself into trouble.”