Retiring Cowan brands Test spat ugly
ED Cowan, who once admitted to battling the perception of being as ''soft as butter'' because of his upbringing and private schooling, would never have carried on like David Warner did in the Durban dressing sheds.
Cowan called time on his career after 18 Tests for Australia and 143 first-class matches for NSW and Tasmania.
A deep thinker who was never short of an educated opinion, Cowan, 35, was straight to the point when asked about the antics of his former opening partner's run-in with South African Quinton de Kock at the start of the week.
Warner is in hot water for the tea-break tirade that featured de Kock allegedly firing a barb about the Aussie batsman's wife, Candice.
"It's been ugly to be honest, and we don't want to see that in the game of cricket,'' Cowan said. "If it's the Australians, South Africans, Indians, New Zealanders, I don't think there's a view anyone can take that it's good for the game.
"I have no idea what was said or how it unfolded, but I do know it detracted from a bloody good Test match on the field. Here we are talking about David Warner and Quinton de Kock rather than Mitchell Starc taking nine of the best Test wickets you'll see or Mitchell Marsh winning the game on a wicket that didn't suit him with the bat.''
Cowan, who made his Test debut at the MCG opening the batting with blue-collar battler Warner, later told The Daily Telegraph: "Everyone has their little cues to get them going, Davy is a fighter, and that's when he plays his best cricket.
"If he needed that scrap, we'll see in the next few Tests (if it works) because they'll be coming for him.
"I've tried to be considered and respectful of everyone I played with and against. Because of that, it's the friendships and memories that stick out the most upon reflection.''
Cowan scored one century in 18 Tests that included tough matches in India, the West Indies where "it was turning square'', and one final Ashes Test at Trent Bridge when he was ill.
In recent weeks the left-hander realised he no longer had the ''killer instinct'' to carve out a match-winning score in the Sheffield Shield. "And those kind of moments, I thought, 'this is not fair for rest of guys in team','' he said.