Australian bowling coach advises Hilfenhaus to pick between T20, Test cricket
Fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus' Test aspirations and lucrative Twenty20 career may be on a collision course, according to Australian bowling coach Ali de Winter.
Hilfenhaus was sent back to Hobart to work with de Winter on his action after a winter force fed an all T20 diet playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and Champions League saw the Tasmanian go from Australia's best bowler last summer to a helpless workhorse in the first two Tests against South Africa.
"I think it is a decision he'll come to at some point of his own accord without people telling him. I think you will see a lot of players making different choices," News.com.au quoted De Winter, as saying.
"It is not that they won't play Twenty20 or IPL; it is just that they may not play all of it all of the time and that will be a choice the players will inevitably make in the next year or two," he added.
Having already reconstructed Hilfenhaus' technique and career during the 2011 winter, De Winter was confident the 29-year-old with 98 Test wickets would be back up and firing.
"Hilfy's action is very good so not a whole lot can go wrong and it is a little similar to what he had before, probably not as bad to be quite truthful," De Winter said.
"It probably took two or three months last year to get him right. This time, we think we can turn things around pretty quickly. It is not like he is bowling bad; it is he is not bowling as everyone would expect," he added.
"Going from what I've seen yesterday and today, I don't see any reason why he can't be near to his best by next week and certainly by the Boxing Day Test match," he said.