Warner backs opening partner Cowan amidst axing calls

Sydney, Mar 11 (ANI): Australian batsman David Warner has backed his Test opening partner Ed Cowan, urging the selectors the keep faith in the Tasmanian batsman despite under performing in the first two Test matches against India.

Former Test captain Ian Chappell on Sunday called for the gritty opener to be axed before the Ashes, but Warner claimed he has developed a fantastic understanding with Cowan, which could help them in the Ashes series, News.com.au reports.

Cowan is under mounting pressure to add to his solitary ton from 26 Test innings, 136 against South Africa at the Gabba in November. In two Tests on this tour, Cowan has 109 runs at 27.25 with no half-centuries.

While Cowan has batted with more astuteness and resolve than most of his teammates in India, Cowan's average of 31.96 from 15 Tests is below Simon Katich's 45.03 when he was discarded in 2010, the paper said.

Warner said it would be a mistake to jettison Cowan for the third Test against India starting on Thursday, adding their first- wicket union could be the backbone of Australia's success in back-to-back series against England this year.

Amid the horror show in Hyderabad, Warner and Cowan reached a significant milestone, leapfrogging the Matthew Hayden-Michael Slater combination (1045 runs) into ninth spot on Australia's opening partnerships list, the paper reported.

From 25 innings together, Cowan and Warner have compiled 1111 runs at 44.44 - a mark comparable to other notable opening unions, including Geoff Marsh-Mark Taylor (1980 runs at 45) and Bill Lawry-Keith Stackpole (1302 at 44.89). (ANI)


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