Cowan focusing more on time spent on pitch than amount of runs scored

Sydney, Mar 16 (ANI): Australian opener Ed Cowan, who scored a hard fought 86 on day two of the third Test match against India in Mohali to provide the tourists a good start, has claimed he keeps an eye on clock more than scoreboard while batting.

In his submission to Mickey Arthur last week Cowan told the head coach that his focus was on the minutes column of the score-sheet, not the runs, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The opener was one of 12 Australian players to return their feedback to Arthur on time the other four, of course, were stood down for missing the deadline in a development that shook the touring squad and the Australian game in general to its foundations, the paper said.

Cowan took the assignment set by Arthur seriously and despite missed a second Test century by 14 runs it was his 238 minutes of graft that he was more content with.

Cowan claimed what he said to Arthur was that he wants to be accountable to bat a long period of time and he put a figure on that which is between him and the coach, adding his personal accountability is to bat a long time.

Cowan admitted he didn't bat for as long as he would have liked but he felt he did fairly well on Friday.

The left-hander further said at no stage did he think that he is getting close to a hundred, adding he wasn't even looking at the scoreboard but he was looking at the clock on the other side of the ground saying 'c'mon mate, just get to drinks or change of bowler, get through the next break'.

Cowan added it didn't bother him that he didn't score a hundred, adding he was happy that he faced 238 balls, and deep down he would have loved it to be 350 balls.

Cowan said if he had faced that many balls he would have been a hundred, but that wasn't the focus for him. (ANI)

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