In these days of Academy produced sportsmen, glamorous cars, high-profile girlfriend, premature ghost-written autobiographies and “All credit to opposition” interviews it comes as a pleasure to see a thinking guy, a late developer, someone who’s battled to get where he’s got to making it to the top.
Enter Eddie Cowan. The thinking man’s Mark Richardson.
To some, Cowan’s rise from nowhere this season is seen as a kneejerk reaction to the Hughes c Guptill b Martin fun in December, but he’s been around for a while. And he thinks about the game, and writes about it with a polish, independent thought and humour so rarely seen from sportsmen these days.
But there’s more to Cowan than the apparent rise from nowhere to Australia test side. Even more than the half century on debut and getting thrust into the middle of the DRS debate.
He’s been writing for a while, and a book that will set apart from the typical sporting biography on your bookshelf is In the Firing Line, a diary of what it’s like as a Sheffield Shield player; the travel the sun, the taunts, the commentaries on team-mates, and the internal battles.
This is something a bit different; even the Sydney Morning Herald agrees. Make sure you grab yourself a copy.
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