Cricket Australia are finding it very difficult to deal with the number of injured players they have
Cricket Australia has announced that they are starting to get worried about the rising number of injuries amongst their national team.
With Australia having had an extremely hectic season, it seems that during every series a member of the squad gets hit with fresh injury concerns.
Pace bowlers Pat Cummins and Brett Lee, who recently retired from international cricket, along with all-rounder Shane Watson were the latest squad members to be added to the injury list.
The list also includes Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, David Warner and even captain Michael Clarke, who have all been battling with injuries over the past year.
Harris, who had a severe knee injury, does not understand why the Australian team has been hit with so many injuries in such a short period of time.
Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Mail, Harris said: “I was driving home the other day and I had a quiet moment to think . . . I did wonder why England’s fast bowlers like James Anderson haven’t been breaking down, yet we have had so many injury problems.”
Former Australian chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns believes the key, especially for pace bowler, lies in hard training and participating in domestic matches more frequently.
Hohns was quoted by news.com.au as saying: “It is unfortunate that some fast bowlers haven’t had a full season of tough Shield cricket under their belts before playing Test cricket, that appears to be one of the problems to me.”
Harris sees injury management and workload being the key to keeping players fit and healthy.
“We do get prescribed limits of how many deliveries we can bowl in the nets at certain times, but it is also up to the player. If I feel underdone and want to bowl another 40 deliveries in the nets, then I tell the staff. They might not like it, but there is no problem with me doing it. I do think sports science has done a lot for cricket and the amount of information we have at our fingertips is terrific. I don’t know what we need to change to try to stop these injuries happening,” Harris said.
With medical and sports science staff sending emails and phoning Australian team members frequently, former pace bowler Stuart Clark believes that the players, such as rising talent Pat Cummins, are starting to get extremely confused.
“We all have to be on one wavelength with Pat Cummins, because he’s a fine prospect, the poor kid is just confused. He needs one solid training program, probably set by Cricket Australia, and then run with it,” Clark said.
Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard explained that maintaining a solid workload was proving to be extremely difficult.
“We monitor data pretty carefully, but you have guys playing for Chennai, for Glamorgan, for South Australia and for plenty of other teams around the globe, they are professional cricketers and have got to play somewhere. One thing I am not sure about is resting bowlers too much – we want them to bowl consistently and be match-hardened. If a guy is ready to play, he should play,” Howard said.