New Delhi, May 27 : Former Australia pacer Brett Lee feels that bowlers will find it tougher to get their lost rhythm when cricket resumes post the coronavirus lockdown, saying that they will need at least eight weeks to get back to optimum fitness for any format of the game.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended a minimum preparation period of eight to 12 weeks for Test bowlers, six weeks for ODIs and five weeks for T20s as cricket gears up to come back to life. When asked who will find it tougher to find their rhythm after the lockdown - batsmen or bowlers, Lee on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’ said, ''I think it’s hard on both batsmen and bowlers. Probably takes a bit longer for a bowler to try to find that form, because it’s normally a six to eight week period where you get upto full pace again. ''Playing one day cricket or Test cricket, a good eight weeks of leading and bowling at full pace to get into that match fitness. So, it will be a bit tougher for the bowlers,'' he added. It's been over two months since the last international match was played between Australia and New Zealand.
Cricket like all other sports, was put on hold as soon as the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the first-half of March. However, in recent weeks, many cricketers have returned to individual training after the coronavirus hiatus. (UNI)