Australia vs Board President's XI: Ed Cowan heaps praise on Parvez Rassol

Asked to compare the conditions here with that of Down Under, Cowan said, "It was obviously very different. The big thing today was there was significant reverse swing early, in 12th or 13th over. As an opening batsman, that's something foreign, I guess. Then the slow turn increased through the day. It was good to spend some time in the middle." He added that reverse swing proved to be very good for the Aussies.

updated: February 12, 2013 20:58 IST
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Chennai: Board President's XI spinners led by Parvez Rassol wreaked havoc as they bowled out Australia for a meagre 241 in the warm-up match on Tuesday, but Australia opener Ed Cowan feels the turning track has actually provided his team a good practice ahead of the upcoming Test series.

"It was fantastic that the wicket did turn. Because at the end of the day, we need to practice against the turning ball. It was almost as though the most dangerous shot was the forward defence. You had to find a way to get to the other end and get in a position to score runs," said Cowan after the first day's play of the two-day warm-up game here.

"If you're propped on the crease defending, then you're playing into the spinners' hands. I think the guys who scored runs found a way to actually hit the ball, rather than just defend. They were trying to put pressure on the bowlers. The guys would probably evaluate that their shots were on but the execution probably wasn't as pure as they'd have liked.

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