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Dhawan batted like Bradman: Cowan

Australia opener Ed Cowan on Wednesday gave a huge compliment to India’s latest batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan by equating his breathtaking effort of 187 on debut to the batting style of legendary Don Bradman.

‘He (Dhawan) played like Don Bradman,’ Cowan’s reply made it evident as to what kind of impact the innings had on the Australian team.

‘He played as good as anyone I have seen bat in international cricket. This was his first Test innings and he played every ball on its merit and had little room for error. Every batsman sometimes have their own days and it was his day out there,’ Cowan further stated.

The opener however remained non-committal about the availability of skipper Michael Clarke, who is down with back spasms.

‘I have just spoken to him. He basically said that best possible medical team is working overtime on his ‘back’. It’s a condition that he has had for a long time. It’s a day-to-day proposition. I don’t know what is the possibility or probability of him playing the Test but he’s (Clarke) is confident. Because he is familiar with it (injury) and deals it with on a daily basis.’

Despite a 0-3 hammering so far and the possibility of a 0-4 defeat, Cowan expectedly harped on the ‘positives’ that has emerged from this tour.  ‘No doubt, if you look at the result, it has been disappointing but if you look at the bigger picture.

It’s been really positive to an extent to get the guys up to speed.
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