Cowan Set For Final
Pre-Ashes Outing

Match Preview | 18th June 2013

Ed Cowan is set for the final appearance of his first stint with Nottinghamshire when the Outlaws face the Netherlands at Truro on Wednesday.

Cowan had been due to begin a family break in Devon but extended his stay following the loss of Riki Wessels to a finger injury.

Cowan's resilience at the top of the order quickly won over Nottinghamshire supporters and he has already hinted that he would be open to the idea of a further spell at Trent Bridge.

“To get a crowd of around 3,500 in last Sunday shows how well the club has done to promote cricket amongst the local people,” Cowan said.

“It has been an eye-opening experience to see how one club can be so admired by the local community.

“This ground is one of the best I have played and it has a history to rival any club providing a feeling that is hard to beat.

"It has been an eye-opening experience to see how one club can be so admired by the local community." Ed Cowan

“The more you play at a ground the more you fall in love with a place and it is safe to say I have developed a love affair with this ground.”

On his arrival to Nottinghamshire he was thrown into a dressing room which was full of international players and that has left him with a number of fond memories.

“If I had to put my finger on the best memory during my time here it would have to be the first win of the season.

“There have been other individual memories such as Harry Gurney’s hat-trick or listening to Ajmal Shahzad sing before he goes out to bat but that win against Surrey will always be special.” 

Cowan added: “The banter in the dressing room has been strong, ably lead by Franksie."

During his seven LV= County Championship matches, Cowan scored 478 runs at an average of 43.45.

He passed fifty on four occasions and his time in the middle has led to him sharing the crease, along with the dressing room, with many of Nottinghamshire’s stars.

“I have loved batting with Lumby over the previous months whilst the fast bowlers have been great company.

“When I got here, Andre took me under his wing and it made the task of settling in a lot simpler even though this isn’t my first county club.

“That is one thing that I have noticed during my time here, the fact that the gulf between qualities of Divisions Two and One was wider than I thought.

“Each team in Division One has a number of world class players and it is good to see how the English game is developing.

“The England national side has been performing well recently and it has been a good experience to see where the next crop of players will be coming from.”

Cowan’s time at Trent Bridge with Notts might be over but he should be one of the key players when the first Ashes test is held at the ground from Wednesday 10 July.

“The Ashes will be a big series and from what I have heard the atmosphere is the best thing about the clash of the sides.”

“People always say, `there is Test cricket and then there is Ashes cricket’ and I can’t wait to be a part of this.”

Luke Fletcher is included in the side after Mick Newell took the decision to rest Harry Gurney with Alex Hales and Michael Lumb opening the batting in a side that is otherwise unchanged.

Riki Wessels is expected to play for the Second Eleven on Thursday and should be available for selection for Friday's Yorkshire Bank 40 game against Sussex Sharks at Trent Bridge.

"We've played very nicely for six games and we can take heart from the way we have performed but the Netherlands will take some heart from their first win in the competition.

"Truro looks like a small ground and it could be an interesting afternoon for our bowlers but we've got batsmen in the side who can take advantage of that."

Notts Outlaws team to face Netherlands: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Ed Cowan, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Chris Read, Graeme White, Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher Jake Ball

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