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Fast bowling can have hazardous effects: Former paceman Brett Lee's advice to young cricketers

The former cricketer lamented the decline of genuine pace bowling.

ET Bureau|
May 01, 2019, 11.00 AM IST
Focus on right posture: Brett Lee faced 2 career-threatening back injuries due to his wrong bowling action
Fast bowling is a dangerous craft.

Batsmen have often been at the receiving end of chin music, but wayward bouncers can also prove to be hazardous for the bowler. “I suffered two career-threatening back injuries as my bowling action wasn’t right,” said former Australia paceman Brett Lee, at an event in Mumbai.

He added that fast bowling borrows from the basic tenets of sprinting, and that young cricketers should focus on their posture and bowling action to minimise injuries.

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Lee lamented the decline of genuine pace bowling, saying, “Commentators these days fall into the trap of saying 130-140 kmph is good pace. It is actually slow or medium pace.”

Lee is one of three bowlers to breach the 100 mile-barrier (160.9 kmph), along with Shoaib Akhtar and Shaun Tait. He emphasised that a healthy diet and a rigorous exercise regimen go a long way towards minimising muscle damage and enhancing longevity.

“The current crop of Indian fast bowlers have good pace. Jaspreet Bumrah is a class act,” Lee said.

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