Aussies’ pace concern



November 10, 2016
Aussies’ pace concern

RULED OUT: Peter Siddle won't play in Hobart Test

Australia are paaping big time over their pace bowling options as they look to level up the Test series against South Africa.

Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the Hobart contest this weekend with a back problem and there are concerns of the workload on Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Darren Lehmann’s option of bringing in the likes of Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile was also ruined by injury, with Joe Mennie set to debut.

And with the hosts’ attack looking short on firepower, former Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says the problems are down to poor management.

Mitch says: “We’ve been doing the sports science stuff for the past 10 years and we’re still getting the same results. Something has to change, definitely.

“You have a look at what Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are going through I had my injuries from 18-24, but I wasn’t in the spotlight like those guys.”

Johnson believes young cricketers growing up playing on hard wickets will always be susceptible to injuries early in their professional careers.

“As a junior cricketer, especially in Queensland, we were playing on astro-turf a lot, so you’re hitting hard surfaces all the time.

‘So you’re putting a lot of pressure on your body at a young age. [Cricket Australia] needs to figure out that period from [ages] 15 to about 23 or 24 and they need to find something that’s going to work.

“I don’t think you’ll ever stop guys getting injuries but we need some way to help prevent or give the guys the best chance to be as strong as possible.”

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