Fast bowler, James Anderson has just become England’s all-time record wicket taker in test match cricket. James Anderson record will stand test of time – here’s why
Trueman is both right and wrong in his assessment of the toll Anderson’s achievement has had on his body. That’s an injury rate comparable to contact sports such as Rugby Union and Australian Rules Football.
The extreme trunk movement involved in bowling fast means that front foot hits the bowling crease with a force of around eight times a bowler’s body weight. So it is not surprising that lower-back stress fractures account for the most lost playing time in world cricket. Fast bowlers are also susceptible to abdominal muscle (side) and hamstring strains, knee and ankle pain
So it is not surprising that lower-back stress fractures account for the most lost playing time in world cricket. Fast bowlers are also susceptible to abdominal muscle (side) and hamstring strains, knee and ankle pain
The most important injury risk factors are bowler workload and physical preparation.
Resistance training, which builds up strength through repeated exercises, is a relatively new, yet essential element of fast bowling preparation programmes. Improved muscle strength, particularly of the legs and trunk will not only allow a bowler to deliver the ball faster for longer, but larger, stronger muscles are also efficient at absorbing the injurious forces produced during the delivery stride..
Other risk factors that are relatively easy for coaches and players to control include ensuring appropriate footwear selection and maintenance, training surfaces, nutrition (a lack of enough calories is a leading cause of bone stress injury) and recovery between bowling spells.
Elite England bowlers are encouraged to adopt a 7-4-2 bowling schedule whereby during the majority of seven-day weeks they bowl a maximum of four times (the four) and on only two consecutive days (the two) once a week
The longest-known bowling spell in test cricket was by Indian leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani.
This is an annual average of 1,923 test match deliveries. Trueman bowled 15,178 test deliveries between 1952-65, an annual average of 1,167. In his career he bowled a total of 115,865 deliveries in first-class cricket.
What is dissimilar is that a support network is constantly at hand to help monitor Anderson’s physical condition. In such a changed cricketing landscape, if you are a fast bowler, what’s not to like about Twenty20?