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Wonder how India would cope if both pacers break down: Cowan


Posted: Dec 21, 2011 at 1251 hrs IST

Canberra: Set to make his Test debut against India, Australian batsman Ed Cowan today said he didn't feel nervous facing their bowlers during a practice match here and is wondering how the visitors would cope if their injury-prone pacers break down at the same time.

Cowan, who hit 109 against the Indians in a drawn practice match here, was drafted into the Australian squad for the opening Test starting on Monday in Melbourne.

"I told a friend on the phone it was probably the least nervous I've been all season. It felt like a free hit for me, that's probably the best I've played all season. I think from ball one, I don't think I played a bad shot," Cowan said.

Cowan said he is thinking how the Indians would manage if Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, both injury-prone, were to break down in the middle of the Test.

"Zaheer is a great competitor on the world stage. I don't know how fit Sharma is going to be but it's a risk if both him and Zaheer are in the team and both break down so I'm sure

they're aware of that as well," said Cowan.

There's been a question mark over Zaheer and Ishant in recent days but the fears were allayed to an extent when both shared the new ball in the second innings of the Chairman's XI at Manuka Oval here today.

"As for their spinners, they are very consistent bowlers but Australian conditions are very different to Indian and I'm sure our batters are really looking forward to being able to bat some time and get some overs into the bowelrs and hopefully score some big runs."

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