Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes too much emphasis on gaining weight during gym sessions is the major reason behind brawny fast bowlers like James Pattinson getting injured again and again.
The 22-year-old will miss the rest of the summer with a rib related injury on his left side, suffered in the second Test against South Africa, and it's the second consecutive home season Pattinson has been forced onto the sidelines.
Pattinson cuts an imposing physical figure at the crease and Lee said, during his own highly successful Test career, he found himself most effective when carrying less upper-body muscle.
"I reckon there's too much emphasis on strength and conditioning, getting in the gym being nice and strong. I know me personally, I was the opposite. I was my quickest when I was whippy," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Lee, as saying.
"I bowled 160km/h without lifting a weight. Patto at 22, he's a solid unit. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but I just think personally guys sometimes are a bit too tight doing squats and lat-pulls and that type of stuff," he added.
"Sometimes I reckon that can be detrimental to their conditioning. As long as they're doing smart weights, not real big heavy lifting weights. I personally found sit ups and push ups and running was the best thing for me," he said.
Pattinson (0-41 from 9.1 overs) suffered the injury while bowling in tough conditions in Adelaide on Saturday.
Lee said he would prefer young bowlers were spending more time gaining fitness at training.
"The guys need to get their workload up in the nets to make sure when they do get out here on a flat wicket, their body isn't going what the hell is going on?" Lee said.