'Don’t be lifting heavy weights' - Brett Lee advises Jasprit Bumrah on his road to recovery

Brett Lee spoke to a great length on the training methods for fast bowlers.

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Brett Lee. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Chaitanya Prakash

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The Indian team will head to the T20 World Cup in Australia without their talisman Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the global event owing to a stress fracture. Former Australian tearaway pacer and fast bowling legend Brett Lee had a piece of advice for Jasprit Bumrah and all the pacers around the globe.

Brett Lee terrified batters with his electric pace and relentless attack in his heydays. But the express bowler was also on the receiving end of several unfortunate injuries, with his ankle being the most susceptible site. The former cricketer was recently seen in action in the second edition of the Legends League Cricket and advised pacers to refrain from lifting heavy weights in the gym.

"We see lots of bowlers lifting heavy weights like squats, leg press, body weights, bench press, bicep-curls … I want to make it clear gym work is important but if you want to bowl over 150ks, lean-muscle mass is the key. Don’t be lifting heavy weights, it’s slow (arm) action. You need fast-twitch muscles for fast bowling. I was 16 times my body weight, and so had six ankle operations, but it was also why I bowled fast because of pressure and power. A bit like a Pole vaulter, getting through and over your action," Lee explained while speaking on Youtube.

Brett Lee is not a big fan of ice baths, feels it is 'over rated'

The former Aussie superstar further elaborated on the topic, blasting the use of ice baths. Lee feels that ice baths are overrated and there is no scientific data to back their effectiveness. He stated that it might be a good way to lower the body temperature in humid subcontinent conditions.

"When it comes to ice Baths, they are overrated. There is no scientific evidence to prove that they work. They are great here in India, or the subcontinent, to drop your core temperature, but if someone out there wants me to show a scientific paper on ice baths if they can prove it they can flush out nitric acid, bring it on. I reckon they are rubbish", he added.