Ed Cowan bats for Australia in one of his 18 Tests.
Ed Cowan bats for Australia in one of his 18 Tests.

Ex-Test opener Cowan announces immediate retirement

FORMER Test opener Ed Cowan has announced his immediate retirement from cricket.

The 35-year-old hasn't added to his 18 Tests since 2013 and has averaged just 34.70 in six Sheffield Shield matches this year.

He appeared a slim chance to creep into the Australian line-up last year when awarded the Steve Waugh medal as NSW's best player.

But in a poor 2017/18 season, the Sydney-born left-hander has failed to reach triple figures at any point this season.

He pulled the pin after making just 11 runs in total in the Blues' loss to Victoria at the Junction Oval on Tuesday.

Ed Cowan, runs to his captain Michael Clarke as he reaches his lone Test century.
Ed Cowan, runs to his captain Michael Clarke as he reaches his lone Test century.

Cowan made his name in Tasmania before becoming the nation's 427th Test player, scoring 68 on debut against India on Boxing Day in 2011.

He impressed with 136 when Australia thrashed South Africa at the Gabba in 2012 but tested the selectors' patience against Sri Lanka and in India with small scores.

A golden duck and 14 in the first Ashes Test in 2013 was his last international match and he finished with an average of 31.28.

Ed Cowan batting for NSW this month.
Ed Cowan batting for NSW this month.


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