Cricket NSW has congratulated Ed Cowan on his long and fruitful career after the Blues batsman announced his retirement from professional cricket today.

He will continue to play Premier Cricket with Sydney University, which is searching for back to back titles this season.

The former Test opener leaves the game with more than 10,000 first class runs and 25 centuries from 143 matches over 14 years.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said Cowan had made a great contribution to the game on and off the field.

“Ed is a great example of what hard work, self-belief and an ongoing desire to learn can achieve,” Mr Jones said.

“Ranked 6th as an opener in the star-studded NSW squad of 2008-09, behind Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Phil Jaques, Phil Hughes and David Warner, Ed took the opportunity to continue his career in Tasmania with our blessing and in doing so made himself a Test player.

“He made over 4000 Shield runs for Tassie and 1001 Test runs for Australia.

“Ed returned to NSW as one of the leading domestic players in the country, topping the Sheffield Shield run-scoring last season with 959 runs at an average of 74.

“He continued to be attracted by the quest to master batting even after playing for Australia and retires at or near the top of his game.

“His determination to succeed as a cricketer was obvious from his school days when he would rise before dawn to attend 6am coaching sessions.

“He came through the ranks at Cranbrook School and then Sydney University Cricket Club, and was a key figure in the resurgence of that historic club, winning First Grade premierships with them as early as 2002-03 and as recently as 2016-17.

“Well educated and with a sharp cricket brain, Ed became an important mentor for the younger players in the NSW Blues squad.

“He has also become a sought after and respected media voice on the game.

“Ed should be proud of his achievements playing for NSW, Tasmania and Australia and scoring more than 10,000 First Class runs.

“He will remain a valued member of the NSW cricket family.”

Cowan thanked his wife Virginia and family for their support along with the players and support staff from NSW, Tasmania and Australia.

“It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m grateful for all those who contributed along the way,” Cowan said.

“I’ll always cherish the great memories and friendships that the game has afforded me.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have played around the world with so many great people over such a long period of time.

“I’m indebted to NSW cricket, which invested a lot of time, money and energy in me from a young age.

“It’s equally as important to recognise everyone at Cricket Tasmania, who were hugely formative in my career.

“I have loved the game from my earliest days and feel incredibly lucky to still do so.

“At this stage I will continue to play Premier Cricket with Sydney University for the remainder of this season and beyond as we aim for successive titles.