Australia A in England 2012 July 30, 2012

Cutting added to 'A' tour injury list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Cutting, the Queensland fast bowler, has become the third paceman to withdraw from Australia A's tour of England due to injury, flying home following the conclusion of the tourists' opening match against Derbyshire.

Cutting, 25, had not been selected in the XI for the match, and was diagnosed with a back problem that necessitated his return home.

In departing early from the tour, Cutting joined Pat Cummins and James Pattinson as fast bowlers unable to gain valuable experience in English climes on the tour due to injury.

Cummins did not make the start of the tour, picking up a side strain during the preceding ODI tour by the senior team and heading home to Sydney.

Pattinson played in the final two matches of that series before complaining of an abdominal strain and being sent home as Australia A prepared for their tour with a training camp in Southampton.

Alister McDermott and Nathan Coulter-Nile were called into the squad in place of Cummins and Pattinson, and Cutting's injury has enhanced their chances of taking part in the next match of the tour, against Durham from Wednesday.

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  • Roo on August 2, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @Meety... Glad you read my every post & hang on my every word & yet try to make others peoples comms your own - guess we should somehow all feel flattered... Your predictions have been poor to say the least in England - about as bad as your knowledge on seqld weather & as good as Hammond being an Aussie...

  • John on August 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Interesting that Coulter-Nile, who will be 25 in October, has played exactly 13 first-class games in his career. I guess one way of avoiding getting hurt is not to play. @Nerk: Last time I saw Shane Watson, he was hobbling off the field injured. I guess the new regime isn't much more successful than the old regime, is it? Seriously, all bowlers face injury problems from time to time. England has lost Tremlett for long periods, SA lost De Lange from this tour, Roach had to leave the WI tour, Zaheer Khan has had lots of fitness problems in the last year, Shane Bond was hardly ever fit and on it goes. Aus is unlucky to have lost several bowlers at once, but it's just that stuff happens. Maybe the others will make the most of their opportunity.

  • Andrew on July 31, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @zenboomerang - no doubts you'll return comms, no doubt that you'll get yourself in a tangle too! Love the northern summer comment, keep it up - priceless! Also love the fact you have such a wonderful existence where you actually googled my comments & reviewed them! Quite sad, in a creepy sort of way! LOL!

  • Simon on July 31, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I agree with many of the comments here in regards to pace bowlers going to the gym too much. Last summer Shane Watson came out and said the worse thing he ever did for his cricketing career was go to the gym everyday. Fast bowling requires a lot of flexibility, and his suggestion was that by building muscle he was sacrificing the flexibility needed to complete his bowling action. Something had to give, and it was the muscles he worked so hard to build in the gym. He only goes to the gym a few times a week, and doesn't work out half as much as he used to. The gym should be a twice a week thing, bowling should be done every day.

  • Roo on July 31, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Meety... lol... No, it is the problem of bringing back bowlers too early in this nthn summer... Can you remind us all of your FC stats or that 2 wks of rain in se qld that for you equals an English summer... lol... Glad to return all your comms :P ...

  • Geoffrey on July 31, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I think the best way to be bowling fit is to bowl. And bowl and bowl. Flat out for half an hour a day every day. And then be playing cricket a lot. If you look at cricket history the amount of deliveries that say, Bill Voce bowled in his first class career (90,000) has been halved by the time Craig McDermott came along (40,000) and it's getting less every generation. How can you expect the body to take the strain of bowling if you don't put the overs in? Then try and crank up every delivery to over 140kmh when you just don't have the bowling conditioning, but a pretty set of muscles that you picked up at the gym? Someone like Trueman didn't have the body of a greek sculpture, but he had the physique of a cricketer and could keep coming in all day. These young Aussie blokes are soft.

  • Andrew on July 31, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ zenboomerang "..not sure what is going on atm with our bowling stocks..." - so is there a problem with our rate of injuries with our bowlers now as opposed to a couple of months ago? Interesting!

  • Jeremy on July 31, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Technology/diagnosis of potential injuries have improved dramatically - but I'm with @Unifex (above); the old-timers generally kept toiling away through the pain barrier, and it didn't seem to do them much harm. Unfortunately, times have changed - but if this level of injury persists, then we may be faced with having a "popgun" attack in the upcoming series vs. PAK and SA later this year.

  • Craig on July 31, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I remember Michael Holding saying that the great Windies quicks used to just keep bowling, and their bodies became used to it and they didn't break down - and no one could say they weren't putting in! Mikey reckoned lots of lights weights as training and lots of bowling. Keep it simple - worked for Holding, Roberts, Garner, Marshall, Ambrose et al!

  • Roo on July 31, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree on the "slightest niggle" comment & it has been said by the support staff for a number of years now it is better getting rested for a slight injury rather than a 'maybe' major one - though that can be counter productive with players not toughening up enough (physically & mentally)... Fairly recently John Hastings said that this will be his last chance to go through rehab & he is only 25 y.o. - not sure what is going on atm with our bowling stocks...

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