Cowan calls it a day

07 March 2018 10:15:12 EST

Former Australia Test batsman Ed Cowan has been congratulated on his career by Cricket Australia.

Cowan, 35, featured in the 2013 Ashes and played county cricket for Nottinghamshire.

The left-hander, who featured 18 times for his country, has announced his retirement from the first-class game.

"Ed has made a great contribution to Australian cricket over the course of his career, at an international and domestic level, and we congratulate him on his achievements," said CA chief executive James Sutherland.

"Best remembered as a patient and considered opening batsman, the numbers accumulated by Ed during his career reveal the rewards of his perseverance and underscore the reason he is held in high regard by those who he has played with and against.

"We wish Ed all the best in his retirement from cricket and for his future endeavours."

In a first-class career that spanned 143 matches, beginning in 2003, Cowan scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of 41.89.

Cowan broke the news after it was clear that New South Wales could no longer win this year's Sheffield Shield competition.

Confirming he would not feature in the final match of the season against table toppers Queensland, he said he was 'grateful to all those who had contributed along the way' during a 15-year career.

Queensland are 18/1 to beat Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield while Tasmania can be backed at 1/1 to triumph against South Australia.

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