Cowan heaps praise on Kashmir-born Pravez Rassol

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Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 11:37 [IST]
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Chennai, Feb 13: Australia's Ed Cowan on Tuesday heaped praise on Kashmir-born allrounder Parvez Rassol as he claimed seven wickets to restrict the visitors to 241 on Day 1 of the first warm-up match at Chennai on Tuesday.

Ed Cowan, who made a valiant 58, top scorer for the visitors lauded the 24-year-old allrounder's efforts.

"He bowled with good control, got some good turn. Anyone who can take seven wickets can obviously ball. He held it up nicely, he was excellent."

Ed Cowan lauds Kashmir allrounder Rassol

Parvez Rassol finished with figures of 7/45 on the first day of the warm-up match at Chennai on Tuesday, as Australia were bundled out for 241.

Though he played well on Tuesday, the Australian opener also added that his 109-ball knock couldn't seal his Test berth yet.

"It didn't feel like I needed to seal the deal. The talk is in the press and not in the changing room. From a personal point of view, I've been playing first-class for a long time. So just to get back in the mindset of being able to bat for a long time and to get the rhythm of batting, it was important.

"I was happy that I could not only spend time at the crease, but also have a positive time at the crease and get some runs at the end of the day," he said.

Talking about the team's performance on Indian conditions, Cowan said he was quite happy with the way the top order performed as they got some match practice ahead of an important series.

"At the end of the day, you can only bat for a 100 overs, 90 overs today. And we used up 86 or 87 of them. All the top three had more than 80 balls. Steve Smith had 100 balls. That's a significant time in the middle. No one went on and got a big score, but that is probably the one issue. Everyone from 1 to 11 got to bat, and that's important I think."


Story first published:  Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 11:36 [IST]
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