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The Journey From Medium Pace to 145kph and England Lions Recognition – Henry Brookes

IN THIS EPISODE

In this episode, we speak to Warwickshire CCC and England Lions fast bowler, Henry Brookes.

Standing at over 6ft, Henry has been hailed as a potential superstar by the managing director of the ECB, Ashley Giles and he’s already lived up to the hype and shown great promise in his early career so far.

At the time of this interview, Henry was 19 years old and he had already made his mark in English County Cricket by hitting high speeds whilst displaying world-class skill with the ball. He’s been regularly clocked at the 145kph mark and has been the go-to bowler for Warwickshire at the start and back end of an innings.

Henry has previously been selected in the England Lions squad, but reoccurring back injuries have forced him to sit out.

We go down memory lane where Henry describes life as a ‘medium pacer’, how he came back from a serious back injury and what sort of technical work he is currently doing to increase his speed.

We also speak in-depth about mindset, gym training for a young bowler and what goes into mastering the art of the yorker – something that Henry is building a formidable reputation for.


No one masters the art of bowling. There is always work to be done.
— Henry Brookes

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@henry.brookes


Fitness & Cricket in The 1990’s - Jock Campbell

IN THIS EPISODE

In this episode, we speak to Jock Campbell, the Strength & Conditioning coach of the Australian National Cricket Team from 2000 – 2005. During his time, he worked with legendary fast bowlers such as Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn McGrath and Shaun Tait to name a few.

Jock speaks about his transition from playing cricket to becoming one of the first fitness professionals to work in professional cricket in the 90’s. Jock goes on to explain his philosophy to training when he starts to work with a bowler irrespective of what level they play at.

Jock then explains in great detail, the reason he and Mitchell Johnson created the Bowlfit App which is aimed at helping fast bowlers of all levels reach their full physical fitness potential.

If you are a fitness professional who is looking to break into cricket, this is a phenomenal interview to listen to as Jock covers his journey into the industry during a time when ‘fitness’ was not as valued as it is in modern times.


In life, if you’re really passionate about something and you work really hard at it. Money and opportunities will come.
— Jock Campbell

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Instagram:

@jockathletic

@bowlfitapp


Fast Bowling & Confidence - Ishant Sharma

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In this episode, we spoke to Ishant Sharma during India’s 2018 series in England where Ishant played a major role for India as their leading wicket taker in the Test Series.

Ishant spoke about the importance of keeping things simple and not setting your goals too high in order to avoid placing unnecessary pressure and expectations upon yourself.

He goes on to recall his early days in first class cricket and makes an incredible admission that he wasn’t actually that ‘fast’ when he began professional cricket. Ishant spoke about how his pace increased and what he did to develop his signature rhythmical run-up.

He also spoke the importance of weight training and shared his approach to running, gym training and recovery work before giving us a breakdown of what a typical training week would look like for him.

Ishant also goes into detail about what really happened when he returned from injury and was heavily criticised for losing his pace and zip.

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, this is a breath-taking interview packed with insight, tips and wisdom from one of India’s most successful fast bowlers.


I want to enjoy every day that I’m on the field. If you think too much about the future, you will end up thinking about the result and you won’t enjoy the process. Enjoying the process is the most important thing.
— Ishant Sharma

ABOUT ISHANT SHARMA

Ishant Sharma burst onto the international scene after only six months of First-Class cricket. At 6’4, he was one of the first bowlers to come out of India with genuine pace and hostility. Being hailed by Australian legend, Steve Waugh as, “the next best thing in Indian cricket”.

He saw extreme highs out in Australia where he bowled a memorable spell reaching the 150kph mark before experiencing extreme lows where he was ousted from the International team with question marks over his pace. However, Ishant continued to persist and battled his way back into the Test team and revived his career. Ishant stands firmly as India’s 6th highest Test wicket taker with 267 Test scalps and 115 ODI victims to his name.


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@ishant.sharma29


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My New Run Up is Reducing my Risk of Injury - Zak Chappell

IN THIS EPISODE

We speak to 6’6, Nottinghamshire CCC and England Lions fast bowler, Zak Chappell.

This episode is packed with incredible insight and expert tips that has helped Zak achieve great success in his blossoming career.

We spoke about the keys which are important for Zak to generate speed.

He also spoke to us in detail about the work that he did on the ECB Pace Programme last Winter and how important it was for him to increase the speed of his run up in order to reduce the amount of force that goes through his body to prevent injuries.

If you have any questions about your run up or if you’re currently experiencing any issues with it, this episode is an absolute must for you to listen to.

Zak also provides some fascinating insights on the technical changes that he made to his action. He had a bit of dilemma; he told us that his round arm style of bowling was important for him to generate sped but it also resulted in him getting two side strains so he had to make subtle changes to make his action safer but at the same time he had to be careful to not disturb his natural attributes that helped him generate his pace.

If you’re looking to make any changes to your action, Zak covers a lot of the truths behind the after-effects of technical work, how long it takes for you to see results and the challenges that you’ll face along the way.


It’s a lot easier to bowl when the ball is swinging, seaming or bouncing. You can get away with stuff. But bowling in tough conditions really woke me up to what international cricket may be like.
— Zak Chappell

ABOUT ZAK CHAPPELL

Zak is one of the most exciting prospects in the country, standing tall at 6ft6 with the ability to reach the 145kph mark. He’s had an amazing 12 months which has seen him take his career best figures in first class cricket and since we recorded this episode he’s gone on to sign a professional contract with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club as well as being selected for the England Lions.

Earlier this month, he made his debut for England Lions against India A

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@chappooo32


From Baseball to Bowling 150kph - Aaron Summers

In this episode, Aaron speaks about the transition from baseball to cricket, the challenges he faced along the way and how he overcame them. He goes on to describe where he believes his pace comes from and how different bowlers generate speed in their own unique ways. We close the show by discussing some unique characteristics of Aaron’s game such as the reason he chose to bowl in customised basketball boots to avoid his ankle injuries, why he has longer spikes in landing boot and why he made a small increase to the length of his run up.


The benefit of having the arm speed and shoulder muscles that I’ve built from baseball have certainly helped. I think my arm moves quicker and produces more energy and force than most peoples does.
— Aaron Summers

ABOUT AARON SUMMERS

Aaron Summers is one of the most exciting fast bowlers in Australia. Hailing from a softball/baseball background, Aaron turned to fast bowling in his teenage years and quickly realised it was his calling. The hype around Summers started to emerge during the 2017 NT Strike League and the rumours were confirmed once he clocked speeds in excess of 150kph in his Big Bash debut for Hobart Hurricanes later that year.

FOLLOW AARON ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram:

@aaronsummers96


Finding The Right Tempo in Your Run Up & Dealing With Injuries - George Scrimshaw

In this episode, George tells us about his experience over the winter on the ECB Pace Programme and the type of gym training he did which helped him gain pace. He speaks about the importance of finding the right tempo in his run up which helped him stay strong and in control at the crease to generate top speed. He goes on to explain how he likes to warm up before bowling to activate his core and avoid any strains. George closes the show by explaining the importance of staying patient when dealing with injuries and the benefits of having a good support network around you.


I want to hold on to that ball as long as possible.
— George Scrimshaw

ABOUT GEORGE SCRIMSHAW

George Scrimshaw, is a 6’7 fast bowler from England who is currently signed to Worcestershire County Cricket Club. At just 20 years of age, George is considered as one of the most exciting fast bowling prospects in the country; capable of reaching speeds in excess of 140kph.

FOLLOW GEORGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram:

@gscrimshaw9

Twitter:

@gscrimshaw98


QUICKFIRE OVER

Toughest batsman to bowl at?

Tom Latham

Favourite ground to play at?

New Road, Worcester

Pre-Bowling pump up music?

Chilled house and then alternative rock

Best friend in cricket?

Tom Barber

Would you rather have extreme pace or extreme accuracy?

Extreme pace

Favourite delivery to bowl, bouncer or yorker?

Bouncer


Over Bowling, Nutrition & Recovery - Richard Stonier

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Richard Stonier. The Strength & Conditioning coach of Pakistani first class cricket team, Sui Gas. PSL franchise, Lahore Qalandars and currently, the Bangladesh National Team. Richard discusses the dietary challenges cricketers in the subcontinent face because of their culture and circumstances. He goes on to explain how the use of “electrolyte salts” can help you overcome cramping and fatigue during long days under the hot sun. He also explains the dangers of over-bowling by using Ahmed Jamal, Pakistani A fast bowler as explain. Richard also goes into detail on different methods which can help you recover and we close the show by speaking about sports supplements, their benefits and how you can avoid testing positive in a drug test.

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@stonierstoney


Sports science is a great thing. But don’t be afraid to push the boundaries within reason.
— Richard Stonier

ABOUT RICHARD STONIER

Richard Stonier is an elite strength & conditioning coach from England. He grew up playing minor county and premier league cricket before being noticed through the professionalism of his warm up routines; this subsequently led to his involvement as one of the first appointed fitness trainers in Pakistani First Class cricket. Richard is also the strength & conditioning coach of PSL franchise, Lahore Qalandars and the National Academy of High Performance, Bangladesh. He is due to join one of the teams as strength & conditioning coach in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League.

The Rise of Fitness in The Subcontinent - Richard Stonier

In this episode, we speak to Richard Stonier, Strength & Conditioning coach of Pakistani First Class cricket team, Sui Gas. PSL franchise, Lahore Qalandars and currently, the Bangladesh National Team. Richard describes the challenges he faced whilst working in the subcontinent. He also shares his observation on the generic training philosophy of Pakistani fast bowlers as well as touching on what they can do to improve through physical training. He describes a routine which he calls ‘pre-activation’ which he uses on the evening before or the morning of a game to “fire up the muscles”. We close the show by discussing his experience working with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Salman Irshad in the PSL and his views on their future and potential.

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The three philosophies that I work off is the prevention, the performance and the recovery.

Richard Stonier

Follow Richard on Twitter:

@stonierstoney


ABOUT RICHARD STONIER

Richard Stonier is an elite strength & conditioning coach from England. He grew up playing minor county and premier league cricket before being noticed through the professionalism of his warm up routines; this subsequently led to his involvement as one of the first appointed fitness trainers in Pakistani First Class cricket. Richard is also the strength & conditioning coach of PSL franchise, Lahore Qalandars and the National Academy of High Performance, Bangladesh. He is due to join one of the teams as strength & conditioning coach in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League.