Empty pockets and racking up runs all part of Cowan’s cause

FRESH from his maiden Test century, Ed Cowan is emptying his pockets, having pledged a dollar for every run he makes this summer to a charity aiming to abolish human trafficking and child slavery. ”I might have to take a second job,” the opener joked. Cowan’s stance on this ugly subject is just as impressive, and aggressive, as his batting at the Gabba. Just days after his 136 in Brisbane he is going in to bat for the charity Not For Sale. ”Initially it was the knowledge that I didn’t have that there are 30 million people in bondage around the world,” Cowan told Fox Sports News. ”And many of those are children. As a new dad I guess that resonated with me.” Cowan has promised to donate a dollar for every run he scores throughout the summer and an additional $50 when he scores a hundred. The hope is there are a couple more of them around the corner. ”I’m 30, I’m no spring chicken so it’s been nice to get some reward but one day doesn’t make a career,” Cowan said.

Bollinger calls tea

Doug Bollinger’s hot spell on Wednesday was described as ”quite scary” by century-maker Chris Rogers, and he was also a frightful sight on Thursday during a four-part blow-up. The left-armer let Rogers know his displeasure after having a huge appeal for caught behind turned down then paused and impersonated a tea cup as he passed umpire Tony Ward. As he reached the top of his mark he threw the ball into the ground, then at the end of the over he snatched his sunhat and shades from the umpire. There were also a few old-timers in the Members Pavilion later in the day who were blushing as one NSW batsman made his sorry way back in to the sheds.

White rolls arm over

John Inverarity’s emphasis on batsmen being able to bowl seems to have had an effect on Cameron White this week. The Victorian skipper, who has seldom bowled himself in recent years, sent down 20 overs earlier this week and though he was wicketless he impressed some in the NSW camp. He’s still a long way from the form that has reaped him 180 first-class wickets over his career, which is the most of any spinner playing in the Shield this season ahead of Nathan Hauritz (168) and South Australia’s South African import Johan Botha (159). White bowled more overs than Glenn Maxwell, who only a fortnight ago was Australia A’s frontline tweaker. Any confidence White gained from his bowling must have flowed through to his batting as he made a valuable 72, albeit at No.7.

Parade rained on

Rain jackets were not required at ANZ Stadium on Thursday where David Warner was promoting the Australia Day Twenty20 international at the venue between Australia and Sri Lanka. At least that’s what most people thought. All was going swimmingly with a barbecue churning out snags. That was until the field’s sprinklers were inadvertently switched on. The sizzle copped a drenching, as did Warner’s manager and former TV journo Tony Connelly, who just happened to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time.

Buckley’s chance

Outgoing FFA chief Ben Buckley was spotted at the SCG on Tuesday but before we set tongues wagging about a possible move to cricket we should say he was there for family reasons. His nephew Louis Cameron was making his first-class debut for Victoria in the Shield game against NSW. The 20-year-old made a fine start as well, capturing the wickets of David Dawson and Nic Maddinson on the way to figures of 3-61.

O’Keefe on top

It’s certainly been a case of ”state against state, mate against mate” for Steve O’Keefe and John Hastings this week at the SCG. The pair, who both grew up in Hawkesbury, are such great mates that O’Keefe was Hastings’s best man at his wedding. O’Keefe even has a picture of him with the Victorian quick on his Twitter profile. Although his team lost first innings points to Victoria the bragging rights so far are firmly with O’Keefe. The Blues skipper trapped Hastings in front lbw for 18 with the last ball before lunch on Thursday. The burly Bushrangers quick was not impressed at all judging by the length of time he took to leave the crease.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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