They’re both fighting for the one vacant opener's spot for the Boxing Day Test. Come Monday morning they could be fighting over who gets to use the shower first ahead of their last chance to impress selectors, when they take the field for CA Chairman’s XI against the visiting Indians at the Manuka Oval here.
Twenty nine-year-old Ed Cowan, who has staked a claim for a Test berth with an impressive run in Australian domestic scene, and 23-year-old Phillip Hughes, whose own spot is looking increasingly uncertain after a string of failures in South Africa and against Kiwis at home, will both share a room in team hotel.
Asked if he’d resort to some underhanded tricks to swing things his way, the cerebral Cowan, whose articulate writing skills have won him much acclaim, used humor to deflect a tricky question.
“(Tampering with his alarm) would be tampering with my own alarm, we are literally sleeping 30cm apart from each other,” he told reporters here on Sunday. Would there be any tension the night before the big game? “I’ll probably give him a cuddle and a kiss goodnight,” Cowan wittily replied.
Not just all about the funnies, Cowan added on a more serious note, “It’s nothing new. I was competing with Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja to try and make the NSW team and managed to maintain friendships throughout that. I think it’s a test of someone's character to know what’s good for the team and put your own personal ambition to one side.”