Sydney, Jan. 13 (ANI): One of the big-hearted competitors of Australian cricket, Len Pascoe has expressed disappointment over the "broken and battered bodies" that form the present fast bowlers' union.
Pascoe, 62, suggested old-school ways for bowlers to build up and maintain their physique, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
He said far from needing a modern, airconditioned gymnasium and an army of support staff, he built up, and maintained, his fitness on the Bankstown Oval's outer ground where he bowled on the concrete pitch with an old leather ball.
Commenting on the upcoming England tour, Pascoe said they cannot keep picking people who break down. He said James Pattinson has broken down far too many times. Ben Hilfenhaus has been a litany of injuries but, still, they keep picking him, he said, adding that he needs to be set aside.
Pascoe said he wouldn't pick Pat Cummins for any form of the game until he gets back into state cricket and strings together three or four games.
Pascoe, whose 14-Test career was punctuated by his stint in World Series Cricket, said his own training program was "old school" but it ticked the boxes and ensured he survived.
He said players have to make sure his bowling action is biomechanically correct. He said one has to take personal responsibility for his own fitness, adding that it is "just not enough" to do gym work and to look pretty. (ANI)