Cowan admits self-doubts emerged in mind before Gabba Test century

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 07:30 hrs

Australia opener Ed Cowan, who had a less than impressive start to his Test career, has admitted there were times when he started doubting his own credentials before scoring the crucial century against South Africa in the first Test match in Brisbane.

A defiant century against South Africa in the drawn first Test at the Gabba helped rescue Australia from a precarious 3-40 and turned foundations of sand into cement.

It was a welcome change to the modest scores Cowan had been making for Tasmania as an uncertain lead-in to the battle for the No.1 Test crown, which continues when the second Test against South Africa begins in Adelaide tomorrow.

"In my mind to be honest there were moments when I'm going, 'I haven't done this before, I haven't been the incumbent, I don't know if this is the right preparation or I need to be doing more or less," quoted Cowan, as saying.

"Of course there were those moments, so to see those doubts come through that and score some runs, I knew I was in a good place technically, I knew I was in a good place mentally, but the results hadn't shown that," he added.

"They're only fleeting thoughts, I'm not sitting at home wallowing in a glass of whiskey, they're just moments that I've (asked), 'Am I doing this the right way?" he said. (ANI)

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