Oz fast bowlers bowl less than former quicks, says study
Sydney, Feb 3 : The current batch of Australian fast bowlers have been found to bowl less than their predecessors in international games, according to a study of bowling workloads.
According to the study, pace great Glenn McGrath bowled 1194 more balls in a single year than current Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus did in 2012, News.com.au reports.
Former Test quick Rodney Hogg has said that current bowlers James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins need to play more first class cricket to improve their bowling and make it faster.
He also said that the current bowling squad has not bowled enough, and added that the muscles adapted for bowling have to be used more.
Accepting that it is challenging in the current three formats of the game, Hogg previously players used to get more time off to improve their game, which is not the case now, but he added that there must be a balance with input from past bowlers and current bowlers.
Former bowling coach Craig McDermott, has supported today's bowlers and said that bowler welfare is very well handled and the bowlers have an almost full schedule.
According to former Queensland coach Trevor Barsby, today's troupe could probably bowl more, but is mindful of the research that shows pacemen are most susceptible to injury in their formative years.
Dismissing the suggestions, Injured Australian quick Ryan Harris, who made his first-class debut in 2001, said that Cricket Australia is not mollycoddling the current crop by imposing strict quotas.
The controversial rotation policy has become a polarising subject in Australian cricket with Cricket Australia hierarchy insisting the resting of bowlers is vital in safeguarding the long-term welfare of rising quicks such as James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.