|Malinga - an action that |
puts a strain on parts
that other actions leave untouched
Malinga has bowled 11867 balls in first class and test cricket, 10464 in ODI and List A and 1113 in T20. A grand total of 23444. Perhaps 2000 per year over his career. Tait has bowled 9263 balls in First Class and Test cricket, 6588 in ODI and List A and 1780 in T20. A total of 17631.
|Rhodes 185799 deliveries |
and his cap never fell off once
Is it fair to compare the workload of these old uns with contemporary cricketers? Contemporary cricketers at least have the benefit of sound medical and physiotherapy advice and modern equipment. Unlike many of their predecessors - Frank Tyson missed half a test series because of a blister caused by an ill-fitting boot. Harold Larwood's foot problem following the Bodyline tour was misdiagnosed repeatedly and subject to unnecessary surgery.
|Trueman at full stretch|
Meanwhile Fantasy Bob may have delivered no more than 20000 deliveries in his whole career, including in the back garden and on the beach, at a pace that has rarely been described as blistering. And he is a total physical wreck. When Fred Trueman was asked how he felt having taken over 300 Test wickets he said, 'Bloody tired.' FB is sure he spoke nothing but the truth.