Ed Cowan to return to Gloucestershire in overseas role
GLOUCESTERSHIRE are to re-engage Australia Test batsman Ed Cowan for one more game between now and the end of the season.
Current overseas player Rob Nicol has been called into the New Zealand twenty20 squad to play India on the sub-continent next month and will depart immediately following the LV=County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
Cowan, who made four appearances for Gloucestershire as an overseas locum in July, is currently captaining Australia A on their tour of England and will replace Nicol for the home game against Northamptonshire, starting in Bristol on Tuesday, September 4.
And Gloucestershire are also talking to the 27-year-old Tasmania opener about the possibility of him returning to Nevil Road for the first two months of next season.
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Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson confirmed: "Ed will be coming back to play in the penultimate Championship match of the season against Northants.
"We would have liked him to be here for the final two games, but he has to get back to Australia.
"Of course, we thought we would have Rob Nicol until the end of the season, but things have changed and he will not be available after the end of August.
"Ed is still in the country, did really well for us when he was here earlier in the summer and is available when we need someone. It all fits and we are really pleased Ed is going to be with us again."
Nicol helped Gloucestershire qualify for the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 and scored a brilliant hundred in testing conditions in a rain-affected Championship match against Essex at Cheltenham last month before leaving to join up with Australia A.
Cowan is expected to be in Australia's squad for next year's Ashes series, but could be available for the first two months of the English season.
Richardson added: "At some stage we would really like to bring Ed back.
"He is someone who fitted in very well when he was here previously and we want to keep the lines of communication open."