Australian bowling coach De Winter says tops quicks must be rested well before Ashes'13
Australia's new fast bowling coach Ali de Winter believes that Australia's frontline fast bowlers must be rested well before being deployed for next year's Ashes.
De Winter is acutely aware of the fast bowling injury toll over the last 18 months and says common sense dictates that fast bowlers can't play every Test in the lead-up to back-to-back Ashes series.
It potentially means that a B-grade troupe of Australian fast bowlers could be used in three home festive season Tests against Sri Lanka and a four-Test battle in India starting next February.
"The Ashes is our Olympics and after this South African series, everything we do will have one eye towards the Ashes. The fast bowlers are really buying into that idea," News.com.au quoted De Winter, as saying.
"The fast bowlers realise that they can't play all forms of cricket all of the time and one thing we know is the schedule is not getting any easier," he added.
"So we are looking at some strategic methods to ensure that everything is working towards the best preparation for the Ashes. It will involve some fast bowlers taking some time out - taking a step back and getting a window to re-invest in their physical or technical or mental maintenance," he continued.
It means that fringe fast bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and even former Test quick Mitchell Johnson are in the frame for a call-up for the Sri Lankan series starting in Hobart next month, and frontliners like Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus are likely to be given an enforced Test rest at various stages of the series, the report said.
It also comes in wake of a shocking injury toll amongst several Australian fast bowlers with virtually every player quick suffering a serious problem in the last few years, the report added.