Adelaide: New Australian Test opener Ed Cowan still has a poster of childhood hero Ricky Ponting on the wall of his bedroom at his family home in Sydney.

Cowan on Thursday visited his Sydney house, where he has not lived in the last 11 years and was happy to find that poster there.

"I loved Ricky Ponting. I walked into my mum and dad's house today, which is still in Sydney, and went up to my old room and there's still a poster of Ricky Ponting on the wall," Cowan said.

"The room has sort of been vacant for 10 years. This is a guy that I grew up watching and idolising and all of a sudden I look around and he's got me in a headlock in the dressing room," Cowan said.

Talking about his contrasting batting style with fellow attacking opener David Warner, Cowan said he would not change his composed style of batting.

"I do sometimes feel like a poorer cousin of the way David bats but at the same time ... you do have to be yourself," he said.

(Agencies)