Cowan rues absence of DRS after controversial dismissal

Melbourne: Debutant Australian opener Ed Cowan on Monday rued the absence of Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the ongoing Test series against India and called on the ICC to make the technology uniform for all Test-playing nations.

"As someone who loves his cricket and has watched a lot of cricket, I just don`t understand why it can`t be handed down by the ICC to be uniform in all the game. And that`s me speaking as an outsider and not as someone who has been in the bubble for a long time," said Cowan after starting his career with an impressive 68 on day one of the first Test in Melbourne.

Cowan didn`t seem happy after his debatable dismissal at a crucial time.

Australia were 214 for five when Cowan was given out caught behind off Ravichandran Ashwin. Television replays, however, showed that umpire Ian Gould may have erred.

"I was disappointed to get out. It was a bit of a lazy shot. You saw the replays, you saw my reaction, you can join the dots I guess. With the DRS, I`m an interesting perspective because I`ve been a consumer of the game for so long. This is day one on the job for me."

Another decision which rubbed Australia the wrong way was the dismissal of Mike Hussey who was given caught behind off Zaheer Khan.

"It`s a bit of gut-wrenching experience, doesn`t matter whether it`s first ball or you`re on 150. It was a massive movement in the game, a huge moment. We`d just had a 100-run partnership, wrestled back the momentum, almost a 50-run partnership.”

"We felt we were really half an hour away from really nailing them, grinding them into dust. We get through that Zaheer spell unscathed and it`s a completely different complexion to the day`s play."

Cowan's innings, though, was still immensely useful for Australia and announced the arrival of an opener who could serve the hosts for many years.

"Strangely, I wasn't nervous. I can't explain why. I was a little anxious when we won the toss and batted, but no more than we would've been if I was playing state cricket for Tasmania at Bellerive.

"Those nerves of wanting to contribute for the team upfront, it's my job to set the game up. I should've been more a lot more nervous. I had to keep pinching myself to think 'mate, you should be more nervous here, more anxious,' but being relaxed really helped me through it and it felt like another bat on ball contest."

Cowan appeared to bat pretty slow in the first session when he made only 14 runs from nearly two hours of batting.

"It didn't really feel like I was slow to get going. It really feels like a new-ball wicket so that first hour's looking just to leave well, play the ball late.

"I'm not a big scoreboard watcher at the best of times so I didn't really notice I wasn't scoring. It just felt like I was playing well, I was in the contest and the runs came after lunch when they probably didn't bowl as well as they wanted to. But when they did bowl well, it was hard to score."

The 29-year-old was delighted to have got a chance to bat alongside Ricky Ponting at the hallowed MCG.

"Every moment you get to bat with Ricky Ponting is a special one. Having grown up watching him play on the TV, it's just a huge honour to be in the same team as him, whether it's Tasmania or Australia.

"I thought he played beautifully today. He got shaken up with a good bouncer early that busted the side of his helmet but it's a measure of the man that he was calm enough to get through that tough little spell and play as well as he did."


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