Mc­der­mott takes pace bowl­ing tech­nol­ogy on road

The Pak Banker - - Front Page -

SYDNEY

At a time when the case of Pat Cummins has un­der­lined the dif­fi­culty of bowl­ing fast at a young age, Aus­tralia's for­mer bowl­ing coach Craig Mc­Der­mott is hop­ing he can help pre­vent the next gen­er­a­tion from suc­cumb­ing to sim­i­lar prob­lems.

As­pir­ing young quicks will get the chance to have their ac­tions tested for risk of in­jury at a se­ries of clin­ics to be helmed by Mc­Der­mott this sum­mer. The clin­ics will fea­ture video anal­y­sis to iden­tify the strengths and weak­nesses of young bowlers, and sig­nif­i­cantly will al­low them to be tested for their de­grees of shoul­der counter ro­ta­tion and lat­eral flex­ion of the spine - con­sid­ered im­por­tant mea­sures of whether their bowl­ing ac­tion will lead to in­juries.

Cummins, cur­rently side­lined by a back stress frac­ture, had been slated to have sim­i­lar test­ing done on his ac­tion on his re­turn from the Twenty20 Cham­pi­ons League in South Africa. This tech­nol­ogy has pre­vi­ously been avail­able only at sport­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries like those at the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport in Canberra, but will this sea­son be taken on the road to state cap­i­tals and ma­jor re­gional cen­tres.

Un­der the ban­ner Pace Bowl­ing Aus­tralia, the clin­ics arose out of Mc­Der­mott's de­sire to en­sure fast bowl­ing fun­da­men­tals are learned at a younger age. When coach­ing Aus­tralia's pace­men in­clud­ing Peter Sid­dle, James Pat­tin­son and Mitchell Starc, Mc­Der­mott made sig­nif­i­cant strides sim­ply by push­ing ba­sics like the grip of the ball, the right length to bowl and the im­por­tance of a high fit­ness level. "I'm try­ing to ed­u­cate kids from a very young age what we're ac­tu­ally teach­ing bowlers at a higher level, and try­ing to get bowlers ready ear­lier," Mc­Der­mott told ESPNcricinfo. "Rather than wait­ing for our bowlers to get to 17, 18 or 19 and then say 'oh now we've got to do this, this and this to get them ready to play first-class cricket'.

"We're do­ing these clin­ics from a tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion per­spec­tive at a very young age, then we can start to work with the bet­ter ones as it comes along to get them the right ideas about strength train­ing, diet, nu­tri­tion, all the way through from a younger age. So it's re­ally an ed­u­ca­tion.

"I want our bowlers to come through more ed­u­cated and more ready from a younger age. You want guys who are 12 or 13 with some arm speed and some abil­ity to be able to go through to the next level.

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