The 30-year-old inspired by Hayden's batting approach has determined to take an attacking mindset going into the four-match Test series that begins on Feb 22 in Chennai.
Hayden has been the fourth highest run-scorer for Australia in Tests. Hayden has recorded 549 runs at an average of 109.80 in the series in India. Hayden's average after 13 Tests was mere 24.36 and the series against India changed the mighty left-hander's career as he lifted the average to 40.18 within 3 Tests.
The 30-year-old averages 32.81 from 13 Tests, similar to Hayden, but the series against India would show whether he follows Hayden as an attacking batsman.
Talking about the Australian great, Cowan said "It would be hard (not to be impressed)."
"Not just for me but for any aspiring Australian cricketer.
"The way he performed in 2001 was incredible. He was probably at a bit of a crossroads with his career. The way he found a way to put pressure on the Indian bowlers was brilliant," Cowan was quoted as saying by The Age.
Taking cues from Hayden's knock against India, Cowan said "For him it was the sweep shot. For a few of our guys it might be the sweep. It might be a variety of other shots. It's a question of finding your shot that you can put pressure on the bowlers and having the courage and the confidence to stick to it."
With Australia playing two warm-up matches ahead of the four-match Test series, Ed Cowan would like to get accustomed to Hayden's attacking style.