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English quicks must be looked after - Malan

308   //    21 Dec 2017, 22:34 IST
England batsman Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan thinks the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should take steps to lighten the load of quick bowlers and reduce the chances of counties working them "into the ground".

Much has been made of England's lack of pace during the Ashes series as Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have roared in to cause the tourists all sorts of problems.

England's injured fast bowler Steven Finn last week told ESPNcricinfo that he has experienced how a demanding county circuit can "suck the pace out of you".

Finn's Middlesex team-mate Malan has called on the ECB and counties to look after bowlers with raw pace so they can remain as potent as possible.

The England batsman said: "A lot of counties have one fast bowler who they will literally play in every single game. Then, by the time he comes to getting picked for England, he's bowling 80mph and is struggling with his rhythm and his form.

"Maybe the ECB could look at them and say 'you play two championship matches, then rest one', so they can get used to being able to bowl at full pace as often as they can, instead of counties just bowling the quick guys into the ground.

"Finny is obviously disappointed that he can't keep that pace up and I think it's just from the amount of cricket he plays.

"I'm guessing if you look at the amount of cricket Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood play, it would be a hell of a lot less than Steven Finn. And if your workloads are higher and you've got more miles in your legs, it's going to be tough to bowl that pace consistently.

"People like Finny are going to have to work out what to do about it. If that means they're going to have to have tough talks with their counties, they're going to have to work something out."

Malan also pointed out that conditions in England mean it is not imperative for bowlers to generate searing pace.

Malan added: "You get away with it a lot with the Dukes ball in England. There's a lot of guys that can run in and bowl 78-80mph and make the ball talk all day.

"So you pick guys that are more skilful than those who have raw pace. That's what conditions dictate. If you don't move the ball, you don't really have a career in England. That's unfortunate. Whether they can do something about the wickets and rest the quicker guys more, I don't know.

"You want guys to be bowling as quick as they can because it not only helps the ECB in terms of the bowlers they produce, but the batsmen as well."

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