Australian bowlers are asked to use room towels to maintain strength in their hands during locking and quarantine.
Without cricket for up to a month before flying to the West Indies for two sets of white balls, Australians are discovering new ways, including using towels to keep fit in phase.
“Our coach sent us a program, an exercise to try to keep the throw in conclusion,” Pat Cummins had said in a show on Youtube.
“Which is, you get a handkerchief or a small towel and tie a knot at the end. It’s 9 knots (almost like a cricket ball and you sway in your room and feel a little resistance while bowling,” he added as he explained the method.
Cummins is one of many Australian players to serve quarantine after arriving from India via the Maldives following the postponement of the Indian Premier League earlier this month. Players, including star players David Warner and Steve Smith, are locked in hotel rooms in Sydney. However, they follow their training regime.
Cummins acknowledged the new idea from the coach of the Australian team, saying that since it is not possible to use a cricket ball in the room, the towel is useful.
“Call our coach. He sent him to train. We were hit in our room without a cricket ball. Maybe we can try this with training and bowling,” he added.
He also said he was working on the core and advised ambitious fast bowlers to do the same. “Try and work on the core. A little squat, a little sit-ups. You can’t go wrong doing these things like fast bowling,” he said.
The Australians begin their tour of the West Indies with the first of five T20 Internationals on July 9th. All T20Is will be played in Saint Lucia.
This is followed by the T20I series with the ODI series, which runs from 20 to 24 July. All ODI will be played in Barbados.