Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc are all-form bowlers but they need to be given longer breaks: Glenn McGrath
Former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath is adamant that Test and ODI captains Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Stark should remain fast for the national team in all three formats of the game, but advises they are given longer rest periods to recover.
McGrath also praised Cummins for his decision to skip the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and added that proper rest is a must in his bowlers’ schedules.
Sub-par performance of the trio in the ICC T20 Globalism Cup at home raised questions about whether it should continue in all formats or cricket Australia (CA) must look to the future with the 2024 World Cup in mind.
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However, McGrath feels that players have adapted to the scenario of playing the three shapes.
“The bowlers have adapted. Josh Hazlewood is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. He’s shown that he’s retro with the way he’s gone. Pat Cummins can only adapt because of the areas he plays in. Starcy’s (Mitchell Starc)” McGrath was quoted by The West Australian as saying. He wins the match when he does it right. He’s as good as anyone in the world. I have no problems with our bowling attack.”
With Australia looking at 15 Test matches in the next nine months besides preparations for the ODI World Cup India In the coming year, McGrath believes resting bowlers for short periods or one-on-one matches will have a greater impact on a bowler’s mentality than resting the body, according to the report.
McGrath said, “The bowlers resting over the course of a season from a game here to a game there, that was the biggest risk of getting injured. This is a band-aid solution. I want our bowlers and especially my bowlers to work at 95 percent or more.”
Instead, he believed that bowlers should be given appropriately long breaks.
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“Cummo (Cummins) came in and said he’s not going to the next IPL. That’s where you have your off-season, get strong and get through next season. If you don’t, you’re a car that never refueles. Sooner or later you’ll run out.”
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