Vincent Barnes. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)
Cricket South Africa (CSA) concluded the latest phase of its elite fast bowling group camp this week.
The two-day session saw 10 members of the men’s High-Performance training squad assembled at the organisation’s Centre of Excellence where CSA Bowling Lead and High-Performance Manager, Vincent Barnes, presided.
CSA said via press statement that the main objective of the camp was to “determine bowling action optimisation, injury resolution, injury prevention, physical conditioning and overall fast-tracking of the identified bowlers’ development”.
The testing initially included musculoskeletal screening, strength, speed and fitness testing. This is an area that franchise strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapists will continue to monitor and attend to once the players have returned to their teams.
CSA added that the main area of focus for the current camps is the baseline video analysis, with the governing body’s high-performance department in advanced stages of building a database of the bowlers’ characteristics which will enable more effective player management in the future.
Barnes commented: “Since March, we have tested 17 bowlers. The initial focus earlier in
the year was on bowlers returning from serious injuries and the causes
thereof. Those bowlers included Lungi Ngidi, Wiaan Mulder, Junior Dala,
Lifa Ntanzi, Sisanda Magala, Lutho Sipamla and Thando Ntini. Once we got
the biomechanical analysis reports we gathered all the role players that would be involved with the bowler
“Covid-19 obviously delayed the testing of more
players as we were looking to test the IPL bowlers before they left. We
will do that when they return. In the past couple of days, we tested 10
of our top fast bowlers and next week we will be testing the rest of
the men’s fast bowlers and begin our work with the women.”
Men’s high-performance squad for this week’s elite bowlers camp:
Dwaine Pretorius (Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Darryn Dupavillon (Dolphins), Geral Coetzee (Knights), Okuhle Cele (Titans), Khwezi Gumede (Titans), Nandre Burger (Cape Cobras), Corbin Bosch (Cape Cobras), Tladi Bokako (Lions)
– CSA Media