A man broke into Australian cricketer Ed Cowan’s Sydney family home, a day after he was selected in the Australian cricket team for the first time.
Police were called to the Cowan family’s Darling Point home in eastern Sydney after a neighbour saw a man climbing through the window.
The man, who allegedly claimed he had a gun, barricaded himself inside a bedroom and held police at bay for almost four hours.
“I’ve been told there’s a guy in the house and he’s barricaded himself and the tactical squad is here and all the police are here,” said the cricketer’s father Richard Cowan.
“To have this happen has spoiled the day, but that’s life.”
Police say it is believed that the man was not armed, despite his claims to the contrary.
”[The man] did make threats at the time,” Rose Bay Superintendent Jason Joyce said.
”He was locked away in the bedroom, so it was quite difficult for the police to know whether he was armed or not.”
There was no immediate confirmation whether Cowan, who was in Melbourne with the rest of the Australian team, still lives at the house in the suburb of Darling Point in eastern Sydney.