Cowan completes Aussies collective effort

Updated: Apr 26, 2012, 10:53 AM IST

Dominica: When the post-mortem on the Australia tour of the Caribbean is concluded after the third test, one of the positives is sure to be the ability of the team`s top-line batsmen to all make a key contribution at some stage.

Left hander Ed Cowan joined the club, a little belatedly, in Wednesday`s second innings as he helped the team towards an imposing 310-run lead.

While West Indies, whose opening pair have just one-half century performance between them, have struggled to find the batting displays to back up their improved bowling, Australia have shown they have a solid collective unit with the bat.

There may not have been a single dominating figure in the top order, but each of the top seven have come up with at least one half-century during the tour.

Left-hander Ed Cowan`s` 55, was a timely one given the questions in some quarters about his inability on this tour to get beyond the twenties and thirties.

"I`m satisfied to overcome that hurdle of mid 20s, a nothing score, to get a 50 on what is a bloody challenging wicket," he told reporters.

"Fifty for me feels like a really good contribution and I`m really happy that I feel like I`ve been improving certain aspects of my game and haven`t got the rewards and today I got some reward for a lot of hard work."

Cowan batted with an injured wrist, picked up when he was struck by the ball in a close catching position on Tuesday and faced a surface that was turning sharply and bouncing, particularly from the off-spin of Shane Shillingford.

"50 on a wicket like that can be as good as 100. Sure the runs don`t show in the scorebook but over 300 to chase is a hell of a lot of runs and I think the contributions from guys haven`t been huge," he said.

Cowan, who made his debut against India last December, is only in his seventh test but it is clear he had been feeling a little pressure having not passed 50 since he scored 74 in Perth in January.

"I try not to read too much of it but if you`re in the Australian cricket team and you`re not consistently getting big scores, of course you are going to be under pressure. You don`t need to be a genius to work that out," he said.

"The only disappointing aspect is I think guys here on the ground would appreciate how hard batting has been through the series but people, because of the time zone, probably haven`t watched a lot of cricket but they click on a link to see the score in the morning and they go `28, oh, Ponting 30, these guys are struggling`.

"Well, it`s bloody hard work and you need to see the ball spitting and turning the way it is to appreciate that.

"And if you`re just judging people`s form by looking at the scorecard, then you`re not doing the game full justice."

Bureau Report