The last time international cricket was played was in March this year, since then the bowlers and batsmen have kept away from their routine training, due to the lockdown situation across the globe enforced due to novel coronavirus pandemic. Fast bowling legend Brett Lee suggests it will be particularly difficult for the bowlers to find rhythm once cricketing action resumes after a brief halt.
The global governing council had made its guidelines clear for the resumption of sport in ‘bio-secure’ environment. The council has also said that bowlers will need at least two months of practice before resuming action otherwise they can sustain injuries.
Brett Lee: It will be tougher for bowlers to find form
Brett Lee has suggested that while it will be difficult for both batsmen and bowlers to find form once they resume, the latter specifically will find it ‘tougher’. Explaining why, he said that, bowlers need at least six weeks of practice to find their rhythm back and re-gain match fitness before playing one-day or Test cricket.
“I think it’s hard on both batsmen and bowlers. Probably takes a bit longer for a bowler to try to find that form, because its normally a 6 to 8 week period where you get up to full pace again.
“Playing one day cricket or Test cricket, a good 8 weeks of leading and bowling at full pace to get into that match fitness.
“So, it will be a bit tougher for the bowlers,” Lee said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected when asked ‘whom will it be tougher to find their rhythm after the lockdown – Batsmen? Or Bowlers?’.
Senior England fast bowler Stuart Broad was the first to resume training in his country. He bowled five overs at Trent Bridge, followed by Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes, who also resumed their individual training.