Former Oz bowling coach McDermott to use gymnastics to assist emerging quicks

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 11:30 hrs

Former Australian bowling coach Craig McDermott will use a program inspired by the world's leading gymnastics nations to help strengthen the bodies of the aspiring pace aces he coaches at his academy.

McDermott, who took 291 wickets in 71 Tests, runs Pace Bowling Australia, an academy in which he teaches fast bowlers from 10 years of age to teenagers all the tricks of the trade, from how to grip the ball to insights on how to think a batsman out, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

McDermott is also determined to eradicate the injuries caused by flaws in techniques via a unique video analysis program called pitch vision.

This comes as Cricket Australia (CA) is having ongoing dramas with fast bowlers breaking down.

McDermott insisted there was tremendous value in fast bowlers practicing gymnastics from a young age because it could help to strengthen their bodies for bowling fast and with precision.

McDermott said their are kids going to the Olympics as gymnasts at 12 years of age and they're as strong as an ox, adding there is no reason why they can't get a cricketer of 10, 11 or 12 to use those programs to help their body cope with the art of fast bowling.The former coach did not want to elaborate on his gymnastics-for-cricket-program until it was officially unveiled in a few weeks, but the Queenslander predicted Australia would need a dozen bowlers over the next six months.

While McDermott was loath to criticize CA's approach to preparing its bowlers via a reduced training load and its rotation system, a key piece of advice he reinforces to the 400 young bowlers in his academy was that the best way to get ready to bowl was to whack their joggers on and to run, the paper reported. (ANI)

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