Fast bowling expert Pont says Oz youngster Cummins has 'injury prone' action
Islamabad, July 3(ANI): Ian Pont who is widely regarded as an expert on bowling actions, has said Australia's teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins needs to work on his bowling action, as it has some flaws which make it injury prone.
Cummins has only recently come back from a heel issue that sidelined him for a few months, and he was ruled out of the five-match series against England due to a side strain.
This latest injury according to Pont is 'merely a sign that a few things are not quite right.'
"Cummins is a wonderful talent, but has been allowed to go unchecked with several flaws with his bowling. He runs at an angle towards fine leg, has a mixed bowling action, then has a lateral flexion (fall away) meaning he releases the ball almost two feet outside of his body width. The stresses and strains on this type of action will take their toll," Pont said during an interview with PakPassion.net.
"Brett Lee had some similar issues with lateral flexion as a teenager that led to back injuries but corrected them and Steyn straightened his run up," he added.
"If Cummins can straighten up his approach, address some of his misalignments and then have all his energy going towards the target, he will not only be less injury prone, but increase his speed and accuracy," he said.
Pont, author of The Fast Bowler's Bible, further said: "If your top half drives towards third slip then it's clear not all your energy is going at the batsman. You end up 'pushing' the ball if you are not careful and can lose your wrist position. This is what happened to Steve Harmison eventually." (ANI)
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