Australia had struggled to find an opening partner for David Warner for a long time now.
With the Ashes just a month away, the Australian players are all focused on the upcoming Sheffield Shield tournament which is their primary domestic tournament. Some players will be looking forward to proving themselves for the Ashes squad; the senior players will be looking forward to getting into the rhythm.
The Australian team last played an ODI series in India which they lost 4-0, with the last match being washed out.
David Warner and Steven Smith both play for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield, and their return to the side meant that there was no place for the 35-year-old opening batsman Ed Cowan in the NSW squad.
Ed Cowan last played for the Australian team in 2013 Ashes and had struggled to get back in the side since then. However, he has continued to play in the domestic tournaments.
He had a prolific 2016-17 season where he scored 959 runs and finished as the leading run scorer. He also received the Steve Waugh medal.
However, Cowan does not expect himself to make a comeback to the national side, but his ex-Australian opening partner, David Warner, believes he can still return in international colours,
“I don’t think I need to send a message or anything to Ed (Cowan), I think he knows what he needs to do, and that’s what he does all the time – churn out runs. He’s a professional, he’s been in this situation before a couple of times and he’s still eager to put that Baggy Green on his head. I wish him all the best. He’s a great person and a great leader among the players at New South Wales,”
Warner was not the only one to have a say in this matter, as the current Australia skipper Steven Smith who was present at the launch of his biography, ‘The Journey’ also spoke on the matter and agreed that he had a hand in Cowan’s omission from the side,
“I did have an involvement, and it’s a tough selection. Unfortunately, people have to miss out, and on this occasion it’s Ed. I’ve told him myself that when he comes back into the team,he has to continue to set the standard and do what he did so well last year,”
During the tournament, Warner would be accompanied by a new opening partner in Daniel Hughes, and the Australian vice-captain backed the youngster,
“It’s a big opportunity (for Hughes), When you get your opportunity to play off the back of the recent good form, it’s always exciting. He’s an exceptional talent, and he’s a clean hitter of the ball. He’s got a lot of patience, and he hits all 360 degrees,”