‘We have to work hard with our younger bowlers to make sure they can play full series’, says Craig McDermott

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“It has been a long time where players can actually play five Test matches in a row”

Australia fast bowling coach Craig McDermott has announced it is extremely worrying that the baggy greens’ pace bowlers have a habit of breaking down midway through a series.

McDermott also noted that he was determined to change this tradition, especially with the younger bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird and James Faulkner.

“It has been a long time where players can actually play five Test matches in a row,” McDermott said. “That’s not a new thing.

“We have to work hard with our younger bowlers to make sure they can play full series as well when they get the chance. That’s something we need to be mindful of with our younger bowlers. I’m looking forward to the same three guys playing all three Tests in South Africa once this one’s done.

“Sidds has done it before so it hasn’t been a problem for him through New Zealand and India series. Mitchell is as strong as an ox. Ryano was probably the only person who we had to try to manage. The medical staff have done a great job with managing Ryano, and Lyano is going to get through isn’t he?

“It has been great to have all four bowlers involved and bowling in great partnerships, just like our batters. Sometimes Mitchell has got a lot of wickets but the other guys have created the pressure at the other end and picked up vital wickets.”

Despite Alex Doolan and Nathan Coulter-Nile having been included in the national team for the fifth and final Test against England in Sydney, McDermott is confident that all-rounder Shane Watson and pace bowler Ryan Harris will be fully fit by the time the match gets underway on January 3.

“There’s a number of scenarios we can talk about,” McDermott said. “My first and foremost scenario is to have those three guys ready to go. I think Watto will be fine because his running between the wickets yesterday suggests so, he bowled in our second innings and although he wasn’t super quick, nor was Tim Bresnan.

“I’m more concerned about our guys obviously, but I don’t think there’s going to be any dramas with Watto coming up whatsoever. Ryano’s a bit sore I suppose. But I don’t think anybody’s played too many Test matches as a fast bowler without pulling up sore at some stage. I’m confident they’ll all be involved in the next Test match.”

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