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Updated: March 20, 2013 16:18 IST

Cowan compares Shikhar’s batting to Bradman

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A file photo of India batsman Shikhar Dhawan playing a shot to the boundary against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: S. Subramanium
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A file photo of India batsman Shikhar Dhawan playing a shot to the boundary against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: S. Subramanium

Australia opener Ed Cowan on Tuesday gave a huge compliment to India’s latest batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan by equating his breathtaking effort of 187 on debut to the batting style of legendary Don Bradman.

“He (Dhawan) played like Don Bradman,” Cowan’s reply made it evident as to what kind of impact the innings had on the Australian team. “He played as good as anyone I have seen bat in international cricket. This was his first Test innings and he played every ball on its merit and had little room for error.

Every batsman sometimes has their own days and it was his day out there,” he added.

Clarke still doubtful

The opener however remained non-committal about the availability of skipper Michael Clarke, who is down with back spasms.

“I have just spoken to him. He said that the best possible medical team is working overtime on his ‘back’. It’s a condition that he has had for a long time. It’s a day-to-day proposition. I don’t know what is the probability of him playing the Test but he’s (Clarke) confident. Because he is familiar with it (injury) and deals with it on a daily basis.”

Being down 3-0 and the possibility of a 4-0 whitewash, Cowan expectedly harped on the “positives” that has emerged from this tour.

“No doubt, if you look at the result, it has been disappointing but if you look at the bigger picture. It’s been really positive to an extent to get the guys up to speed. The experience of playing in the sub-continent has been a positive thing and has added to their cricketing knowledge. The juniors would feel that it has added to the knowledge base and they can tap it when they come back in four years’ time.”

Big knocks by Indians

Cowan accepted that not scoring big hundreds like the Indians, has been one of the prime reason for the team’s disastrous show in the three Test matches.

“I think the wickets played on beautifully. All were good batting wickets. The difference between the two sides has been the Indian batsmen have converted the good starts into match-winning knocks while our batsmen got out in the 30’s, 40’s or 80’s.”

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