Langer calls for Cowan inclusion

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Former Australia batsman Justin Langer hopes Ed Cowan will be given another chance in the Test side, saying the 31-year-old had the right temperament to make an impact during the return leg of the Ashes.

Former Australia batsman Justin Langer hopes Ed Cowan will be given another chance in the Test side, saying the 31-year-old had the right temperament to make an impact during the return leg of the Ashes.

Cowan, who averages 31.28 in Tests, only played one match during the recent series in England, making only 14 runs but suffering from illness during the match that had him leaving the field regularly.

He was dropped for the rest of the series, with Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes being given chances to grab Cowan's place. They did not impress though, and Langer feels Cowan should be given another chance.

Langer said: "I like Ed Cowan because in the series before in India, he faced more balls than anyone else in a 4-0 losing tour.

"He's been a good player in tough conditions at Bellerive Oval. It wasn't that long ago he got his first Test hundred, so it shows he can play.

"He's a really good, steady person around the group."

Even if Cowan was left out in future, Langer said the key to improvement was consistency in the batting line-up, and sticking with a group of players, in the same positions, for an extended run.

He added: "In that last series (Ashes) we had five different teams – five different batting orders. That's the sort of thing England used to do and we used to laugh at them and we used to beat them all the time.

"I'd like us to get a solid group of people together and maybe have the same team for two or three or four Test matches.

"Back the guys in they'll think will help win the Ashes back and go from there."

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