Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jump test

Do you think Shane Warne's right when he derides the modern cricketer and coach and their training methods? He says that if it wasnt for Jump tests, hell, he'll still play test cricket.

He must have been non- serious when he said this, but the point is worth considering. Or would journeymen cricketers be better off with the amount of training that they do unlike an obvious talent like Warne?

And then there are some salty olds like Boycott and Chappell who swear that all a bowler primarily needs to do to be match fit is to bowl a lot of overs instead of hitting the gym.

And these guys were batsmen. Everyone's talking for everyone else here!


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  3. In certain aspects Warne resembles Bishen Singh Bedi. He shows the same propensity to launch a few wisdom missiles of his own when he has nothing to lose :) On another note, fat or not fat, Warne could still easily walk into any team in the world, including the woefully spin deprived Australia. I say if a player's weight is not a hindrance to his performance or his health, then there shouldn't be a bar on him. To have a process that ensures that your players have the prequisite level of fitness to perform at their best level is a prudent idea. But if technical analysis of a players body mass index and his 100 meter sprint timing begin to take precedence over his actual skills with the bat or ball, then we have a problem.

    I'll quote John Arlott on Fred Trueman, one of the nastiest and most successful fast bowlers of the game - "His workload over the years was consequently back-breaking; he bowled more than 99,000 deliveries in first-class matches. Despite this massive work load Trueman hardly missed a game through injury, in stark contrast to the gym honed but endlessly fragile fast bowlers of today."