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Australia's Ed Cowan, who spent a summer with Oxford MCC University, has made his mark on Test cricket following his first century against South Africa.
Cowan made 136 from 257 balls as Australia wracked up 565 for five in their first innings against the world number one ranked Test side at the Gabba.
The ton was a timely one for Cowan, who had played seven Tests previously, since making his debut in Melbourne against India in the 2011 Boxing Day Test, without stamping his authority on the position.
The 30-year-old's knock, which helped Australia through a tricky period at 40/3, should secure Cowan a place at the top of the order for the time being, and he has every chance of playing in back-to-back Ashes series.
The Tazmania journeyman, originally from New South Wales, spent a summer playing for Oxford MCCU earlier in his career, after taking a term as an exchange student at Oxford Brookes University in 2003. He was also selected for British Universities during his stint in England.
He had been poised to play for MCC this summer before he was called up to captain the Australia A side on their tour of the UK.