Looking good causing bowler injury: Dennis Lillee

Updated: 19 December 2009 13:31 IST

Dennis Lillee said training program based around gaining beach looks rather than body strength is behind the recent string of injuries to the pacers.

New Delhi:

Former Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee said training program based around gaining beach looks rather than body strength is behind the recent string of injuries to the Australian fast bowlers.

Lillee said while the excessive workloads forced upon international cricketers were also to blame, the current training program in the national set-up was inadequate.

"I think a lot of the injuries is 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, who was inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame earlier this week.

"That's just a gut feel. I'm not that involved in the game and 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 said watching quicks such as Windies' youngster Kemar Roach send down 150km/h thunderbolts still gave him goosebumps.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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