Sydney: Australian opener Ed Cowan has hit back at Ian Chappell for questioning his Test credentials, adding it is unlikely he would ever convince the former Test captain of his quality.
Chappell has been a strident critic of Cowan, calling for Shane Watson to replace him and join David Warner in a more aggressive, up-tempo opening alliance for the Ashes, News.com.au reports.
However, after a spirited 86 on day two of the Mohali Test, coupled with an outstanding first-wicket stand of 139 with Warner, Cowan is doing everything possible on this tour of India to secure an Ashes berth.
The compact left-hander stonewalled India for 238 balls, hitting eight fours in the process, and later revealed he was more concerned with scoring runs than trying to win over his critics.
Cowan said he is going to have to score a hell of a lot of runs before that (being in Chappell's XI) happens, adding one of the things with Test cricket is you work out pretty quickly that everyone has got an opinion, everyone is entitled to an opinion.
Cowan added often it's not the same opinion as what you have, adding he has taken a bit of a head-in-the-sand approach in relation to guys when they pick a team and you are not in it, so be it.
The left-hander said he has got the opportunity now and it's important for the team now that he keeps playing more innings like this.
Cowan further added he would be the first to put his hand up and say he hasn't been good enough in terms of making sure those 50 and 60-ball innings become 180 or 200-ball innings.
He added that is one area where he can really kick on and if he can turn a few more of those starts into long innings then he doesn't really mind what Ian Chappell has to say, adding he doubt that he would ever see himself in his team. (ANI)