Bollinger puts his hand up

Sportal December 18, 2012, 5:58 pm
Doug Bollinger

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Doug Bollinger has hinted that Australian cricket selectors should pick mature fast bowlers if they are to avoid adding more pacemen to their injury list.

Ben Hilfenhaus suffered a side strain in Hobart on Sunday while bowling against Sri Lanka, joining up-and-coming quicks James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood on Australia's extensive injury list.

Bollinger, who played the last of his 12 Test matches for Australia in 2010, believes injuries to young fast bowlers are unavoidable.

"I went through it when I was that age and, you know, you just grow into it - being a fast bowler," Bollinger said on Tuesday.

"You're going to get injuries, you're going to get bad games, it's just going to happen.

"Some of these boys are 18 to 22.

"I don't think your body gets hardened until 25 or 26 as a fast bowler."

Bollinger's statement may be seen as a hint from the 31-year-old left-armer that he might be the answer to Australia's fast bowling injury crisis.

Speaking at Etihad Stadium ahead of the Hobart Hurricanes' clash with Big Bash League-leaders Melbourne Renegades, Bollinger claimed he is ready if he gets selected for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka.

Bollinger has taken nine wickets for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield this season, while he has claimed two scalps in as many games for the Hurricanes.

"I'm ready to go - I feel I can get through Test cricket still," Bollinger said.

"As I said before, I'm bowling well, I'm feeling fit and if the opportunity arrives, I'd grab it with both hands."

Thursday's game against the Renegades will be Bollinger's first time playing at Etihad Stadium and the New South Welshman was visibly inspired by the Melbourne venue.

"It's impressive isn't it?" Bollinger said.

"(Renegades captain) Aaron Finch made it look a lot smaller the other night here (against the Stars) but, no, it's very impressive and I can't wait to play here."

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