Former Australian fast bowler and Pakistan Coach Geoff Lawson has publicly called for a review into Cricket Australia’s current approach to injury management and prevention, following yesterday’s confirmation that all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been ruled out of cricket for up to six months suffering from spinal stress fractures.

Son of former Australian opener Geoff Marsh, Mitch (20) joins Captain Michael Clarke (hamstring), Xavier Doherty (back) and 18 year-old bowling sensation Patrick Cummins (heel stress fracture) on an ever-growing injury list which has promoted questioning of a wider problem – are young players, particularly fast bowlers, being promoted before their bodies are ready?

“It’s a shame to see the young guys getting injured…hopefully we can work out why there seems to be so many injuries, particularly among a bunch of young players” added former Australian Test Captain Steve Waugh. In an interview with the ABC News, Lawson noted that while the nature of professional cricket and fast bowling particularly comes with a higher risk of such injuries, he believes many of the injuries to current players are preventable.

“They [Cricket Aus] are just not doing enough work away from the big-time. Sports science specialists and physiotherapists refuse to use specialists such as fast bowling coaches and chiropractors in the diagnosis and treatment of all sorts of players. Cricket Australia want to head off in a different direction and guess what? They’re not getting it right….the teams I’ve been involved with have had a lot less injuries”.

Listen to the full interview.

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