Gideon Haigh in today's Australian:
Australia's latest Test cricketer,
Tasmania's Ed Cowan, is a friend of mine. A good friend, too: I've
stayed at his home; he's been a guest in mine; I use a bat he gave me
when I play for my club in Melbourne; he's the author of a book I helped
with the writing of. This is going to be awkward... Ed is not only an accomplished cricketer but a thoroughly
good, kind and honourable man, as I became more completely aware when we
collaborated on the book that was published a few months ago as In the
Firing Line. Ed was an admirer of a book by another Ed, also a
friend of mine, Englishman Ed Smith. On and Off the Field was a pithy
and perceptive diary of English Ed's 2003 season for Kent, during which
he was also chosen to play for England.
Click the link and read on ...
And have a look at Wayne Smith's defensive (who else has said private school boys can't play top level cricket?) background piece.