England Coach positive about Sidebottom comeback.
Filed Under: Opinion, Sports | Posted: 11/22/2008 at 10:45PM
Comments | Region: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
"We know fast bowlers can pick up niggles," said coach Peter Moores. "We’ve had Andrew Flintoff missing for 18 months and he’s come back, so we know it happens."
"We also know that people who play international cricket, they have a never-ending schedule because it’s a 12-month cycle and they have to get used to that."
"Ryan’s given everything for 12-18 months, picked up those niggles and hopefully we can get him fit, strong and his body in the right shape to then carry on playing without injury for a decent period of time."
"If anything we’ll get more (from him) because he’s training very hard to be able to bowl," explained Moores.
"We know Ryan’s got great control, swings it both ways and as an experienced bowler he has got the skills that you need."
"We also know he operates at his best when he’s above 82-83mph and I think he’ll be able to do that without a problem."
"He needs to get some overs under his belt because I think that’s what happened in Antigua, he came back from injury and the intensity of bowling again caused another one."
Moores stressed: "At the moment Ryan just wants to make sure people don’t think he’s taking the mickey – he’s just desperate to play.
"He knows he’s had a very good calendar year, got himself into the top 10 in the rankings and he’s desperate to get out there."
"He couldn’t be working any harder but at the moment he’s just going to have to wait and be patient and when we do get him back, hopefully he can regain the same sort of form he had before."
"He’s obviously due a score and at the moment he’ll be desperate to get it, but form is a temporary thing," claimed Moores.
"Yuvraj (Singh) came into this series in poor form and suddenly he’s now in a fantastic run of form, so you know with good players they will come good.
"He’ll be desperate to go out there and make a contribution. He’s got a chance now batting at number four.
"We moved him to number six because he’s also a very good finisher of a game and a very cool head under pressure, but we decided to give him more responsibility up the order because we think we need his skills."