Cowan hits back at Chappell for suggesting Warner-Watson Test opening partnership

Sydney: Ed Cowan has hit back at Ian Chappell and defended his right to wear the baggy green after being snubbed by the former Test skipper in his choice of Australia`s premier Test XI.

Chappell had called for a re-shaping of Australia`s top order, believing the Test outfit would be a more potent batting line-up with a David Warner-Shane Watson opening alliance in the post-Ricky Ponting era.

Chappell did not mention Cowan specifically, but his decision to opt for Watson was a blatant sign that he believes there are better options than the Tasmanian to open the batting.

Cowan answered his detractors with a superb 136 against South Africa last month at the Gabba, which was his maiden Test ton, but for some the jury remains out given the 30-year-old``s average of 34.47 after 10 Tests.

“I``m surprised to hear Ian Chappell doesn`t want me in the team ... what a surprise,” quoted a sarcastic Cowan, as saying.

“I can only worry about what I``m doing, and I feel as though I`m contributing. I`m confident I can do the job. I`m confident that Davey (Warner) can do the job. I`m confident Phil Hughes, Watson, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey can do the job. The team is in a really good spot,” he added.

“I feel as though I have more to give, I feel as though the last series (against South Africa) was a step-up for me in the baseline of the series. It wasn`t a massive series, like a Michael Clarke one, but compared to India last year, I feel as though I`ve moved forward,” he said.

Cowan added: “I`ve had two innings of some significance out of five (against South Africa) ... I reckon that`s a pretty good strike-rate.”


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