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SK Flashback: Bruce Reid, a potential Australian legend, if not for his injuries

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894   //    14 Mar 2017, 20:10 IST

Injuries halted a promising career

Reid played 61 ODIs for Australia

One of his test-mates had famously said, “He never played two Tests in a row”. While this was an exaggeration, the fact remains that Reid’s body was unable to cope with the strains of fast bowling.

The popular view was that he was too fragile for his craft. After one of his many injuries, two discs from his back were removed and a metal plate was inserted.

One of the reasons given for his career full of injuries is that he was used as a stock bowler much before his frame was ready for this arduous task. He is at number three in the list of most balls delivered by Australian fast bowlers under the age of 23 since 1970 (behind Craig McDermott and Dennis Lillee).

Player

Number of deliveries bowled

Number of Overs bowled

Craig McDermot

3035

505.5

Dennis Lillee

1471

245.2

Bruce Reid

1407

234.3

Mitchell Starc

1379

229.5

Jason Gillespie

1370

228.2

This is supported by data collected on the formative years of fast bowling by Cricket Australia. As per that data, bowlers are likely to face a range of injury problems until their bodies mature fully.   

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