October 19, 2009

Australian cricket

Baggy-green therapy

Akhila Ranganna

Move over ice baths, deep-heat massages and resistance training - the new form of treatment could be "baggy-green therapy". Ask Australia’s opener Phil Jaques, who has turned to his Test cap to help him recover from a third operation to fix a bulging disc in his lower back. Jaques said he would would look at his baggy green in the lead-up to the operation to draw strength from it; post-op, he would look at the bottle-green fabric and national crest before heading off to the gym or pool for more conventional recuperative measures. ''I was really hungry to get back,'' Jaques told The Sydney Morning Herald. ''I'm still desperate to play for Australia again; there was no way I could have gone through everything I did if I didn't have that desire.''

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