Hadlee blames ODIs for pacers' injuries

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Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 10:57 [IST]
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Hadlee blames ODIs for pacers' injuries

Sydney, Nov 30: Legendary New Zealand fast bowler Richard hadlee says the current fast bowlers face injury due to their bowling style in ODIs.

Hadlee feels bowlers are more prone to injuries in one-day and T20 cricket when they bowl wide from the crease.

"If you are what I call a classical outswing or leg cutter bowler, getting in close to the stumps which you do more in the longer version of the game bowling wicket to wicket well, biomechanically, you are going to be more efficient," Hadlee was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

"But once you get into one-day cricket, particularly when you are bowling in the death overs, you are bowling wide of the crease. You tend to open up a little bit and force the ball in to middle and middle and leg. You are putting a different stress on the body and that may take its toll and cause a reaction."

New Zealand face an injury-plagued Australian side in the first Test at Brisbane starting on thursday. Australia will be without Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, teenager Patrick Cummins and all-rounder Shane Watson.

Hadlee, who played 86 Tests with 431 wickets feels Australia will be tested at home in the absence of their premier bowlers and New Zealand should take their chances in the two-match series.

"Perhaps now, they (Australia) are going to be tested. There is no question about that," he said.

"We go in with a lot more confidence than we had a month ago and we could give Australia a run for their money."


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