Core strength the key: Lillee

CRICKET: Test great Dennis Lillee believes a training program based around gaining beach looks rather than core body strength is behind Australia’s recent spate of injuries to fast bowlers.

Lillee, who on Thursday was inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame, said while the excessive workloads forced upon international cricketers was also to blame; he labelled the current training program in the national set-up as inadequate.

Speedsters Stuart Clark, Brett Lee, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle are all currently injured, forcing selectors to call upon Victorian Clint McKay to make his Test debut for the third Test against the West Indies in Perth.

“I think a lot of it (the injuries) is (because of) the amount of cricket and I’m not sure that fast bowlers in particular do enough ... distance running and real heavy sprinting work,” Lillee said.

“I’m not a scientist or a doctor...but my gut feel is that a lot of the training is more about maybe looking good rather than looking after the core, which is more essential than having a nice beach look.

“I think there’s more soft tissue injuries now, we are not getting the same back problems we had an epidemic of for years and years.”

Lillee, now WACA president, said watching quicks such as Windies’ youngster Kemar Roach send down 150km/h thunderbolts still gave him goosebumps.



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