'Meticulous' Cowan says well prepared to face 'high quality' Proteas attack at Gabba

Sydney, Oct 30(ANI): Australia opener Ed Cowan has claimed he has researched well about South African bowlers, which has helped him make plans to tackle them ahead of the first Test match at Gabba, Brisbane.

The winter Australia A tour of England overlapped perfectly with South Africa facing England in a Test series, which the visitors won 2-0.

Left-handed Cowan said he had watched as much of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir as he could between his training and playing responsibilities.

"I'm a meticulous planner, so when I was in England when they were playing the Test series against England I watched them pretty closely," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cowan, as saying.

"I certainly already have my plans in place for those bowlers and I'll . . . really start preparing for their bowlers. On the flipside, they haven't seen me bat either. It might be a bit of a staring contest first-up," he added.

South Africa pace sensation Philander sliced through Australia's batsmen in last year's two-Test series, primarily due to sideways movement rather than pace.

Cowan, who was not part of the series in which Philander claimed 14 wickets at 13.93, said he was hopeful Philander would not be as influential in this series.

Cowan added: "He's obviously a high-class bowler. He's bowled beautifully for 12 to 18 months, which is a long time in cricket.I think the Gabba will probably suit his style of bowling. Again, that's just another challenge of opening the batting." (ANI)

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