Cowan 'inspired' by Matt the Bat's India success

Sydney, Feb 11 (ANI): Australian Test cricketer Ed Cowan has said that he is inspired by former cricketer Matthew Hayden's batting exploits in India in 2004, which were responsible for his future successes.

Cowan, who is averaging 32.81 in his 13-Test career, has been hoping for a similar success in the forthcoming India Test series starting in Chennai, News.com.au reports.

He said the way Hayden pressurised Indian bowlers with the sweep shot is inspiring not only for him, but for any aspiring Australian cricketer.

Cowan added that to pressurise the bowlers, a player needed to find his shot and have the confidence to stick to it.

Although the Tasmanian opener is confident that he will retain the opening role, he said that he can relate to the way Hayden faced a fork in the road before his triumph in India.

Cowan added that to start an international career, hard work instead of age is what matters and said that he is looking forward to score heavily in the upcoming Test series in India.

Cowan is determined to take an attacking mindset into the series and will perfect his approach to spin during the two-day game against an Indian Board President's XI starting on Tuesday in Chennai.

Former world record-holder Hayden ranks behind only Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Waugh among Australia's Test run-scorers. (ANI)

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