Cricket: Ed Cowan set for Trent Bridge Ashes tune up

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AUSTRALIA opener Ed Cowan, the former Scottish Saltires batsman, will prepare for next summer’s Ashes series with a spell at Nottinghamshire.

The 30-year-old, who also played for Uddingston, will be available until 21 June, with his stay covering seven County Championship games and eight one-day fixtures.

Cowan will be able to get used to the wicket at Trent Bridge, which hosts the opening Ashes Test on 10 July.

“I was very keen to play some division one cricket and I’m pleased to have the opportunity with Nottinghamshire,” said Cowan. “There are a lot of good players at the club and Trent Bridge is a great venue so I’m hoping to make a good contribution on and off the field.”

Cowan averages 34 in 11 Tests, with 136 against South Africa last month his best score to date.