Australia trio to curtail limited overs participation and focus on Test Cricket
Mitchell Starc (Source: AP)
Australian pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood could now look to focus on their Test career and curtail their participation in the limited overs in a bid to prolong their careers as per Sydney Morning Herald.
Previously, the England duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad took similar decisions to ensure that they are full fit for the Test matches.
Modern cricket comes with a gruelling schedule throughout the year and it is impossible for players to stay in peak condition for the different formats and contribute in every game.
It makes sense for players to pick and choose formats where they can contribute significantly, instead of putting in mediocre performances in every format because of fatigue.
Apart from Tests, T20Is and ODIs, the rise of franchise cricket has only added to cricket's already packed schedule.
Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood are undoubtedly Australia's premier fast bowlers and the Aussies need them to spearhead their attack in Test matches. Given the fact that they are 32, 29 and 31 respectively, they need to monitor their workload in order to have a long and successful career and avoid injuries.
Meanwhile, it would also give Australia the chance to groom their next generation of fast bowlers for limited overs cricket over the next few years.
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