Test legend Lillee advises Oz quicks to run more to stay fitter
Legendary Dennis Lillee has claimed Australia's fast bowlers aren't running enough, claiming they're lacking the right kind of fitness needed to perform at a peak level.
With the likes of Ryan Harris, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson currently nursing injuries, Australia's selectors are desperate to avoid overworking the country's pace stocks.
However Lillee, who snared 355 wickets during his glittering 70-Test career, said bowlers needed to improve their fitness levels rather than worrying about breaking down.
"If I had a squad of fast bowlers myself at the moment you can bet they would be doing a hell of a lot more running and pushing themselves into the deck a bit more," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Lillee, as saying to an Australian radio channel.
"You don't stop running. Running is your game. Running is fast bowling. Obviously you've got to be able to bowl, but running is what gets you there," he added.
"If you've got a good base there that's terrific, but you've got to keep that motor going and keep that fitness up during the season. I think that's where a lot probably do fall away. (When I was playing), I'd put the runners on and go for a run while guys were batting," he said.
Lillee added: "I'd have to bowl the next day but I'd still go for a five or six kilometre run.
I didn't do that once every 10 or 15 days, I did it regularly."