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Matt Fisher took a Wicket in the second ball in Test Cricket

Matt Fisher : Nearly a year has passed since Matt Fisher made his Test. debut against the West Indies in Barbados. That one-off performance perfectly shows the promise and disappointment that have been part of his career ever since he made his debut for Yorkshire as a 17-year-old.

With his second Test ball, Fisher demonstrated his ability to take wickets. But on a flat Bridgetown surface, that would be the only time he would succeed in 27 hard Yakka overs. And before he had the chance to take advantage of his opportunity during the English summer. He had broken his stress fracture, just like so many of his fast-bowling contemporaries.

Add it to the list of Fisher’s career’s setbacks. which already include broken thumbs, shoulder dislocations, and hamstring and side strains. Instead. He can’t wait to show off the hard work that went into his rehabilitation over the previous year.

Matt Fisher Statement

“There were a couple of days of being down and really upset. But I was very quick to being back to ‘what can we do?’, ‘how can we sort it out?.’ How can I be better next time so that it doesn’t happen?” he says. “If you improve every single part of your game then hopefully. You are giving yourself the best chance to not get injured. I have just tried to do that.”

“Literally, looking in a mirror I just thought. However,I don’t look as robust as some players I’ve seen this winter and maybe that’s something to look at,” Fisher says. “I basically said to our S&C [strength and conditioning coach]. ‘I want you to make me look like an Australian fast bowler’, because they all seem to look solid. Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc, they all look pretty strong.”

“I ate loads that first three months,” he adds. “It wasn’t Maccies [McDonald’s] and stuff like that, but it was just to get so much in where you can’t eat any more. so you can build the muscle, and then once you start playing and bowling again then it drops off, which it did.

“Sometimes in our sport we think too much about skin folds,. a lot of lads get anxiety about being slim enough. But I wasn’t bothered about what my skinnies were at that point. My goal was to put muscle on, and that is the best way to put some weight and muscle on. I was doing loads of training at the time as well so I wasn’t getting really fat.

Further Statement

“I’ve tried to be a bit straighter with my back-foot contact. ” he says. “My back foot was getting into a side-on position, which is fine. But my feet were crossing over a little bit. Now they come down in a straight line and my back foot is pointing more towards fine leg rather than deep midwicket.

“So when that lands it is a lot straighter, so I flex from my hip and forwards. Over both hips rather than a side bend over to one side of my hip. And you start falling over in your action and it takes a lot of strain on to the left side of your back. Which is where I got my stress fracture. It is basically trying to be a lot straighter with my feet and then hopefully that makes you straighter and more over the top of the ball when you release it.

Matt Fisher praises Jimmy Anderson

“I love Jimmy and love watching him bowl, but I was so obsessed about getting side-on to be able to swing it out a bit more, that’s where my feet cross-over came from. It was actually me trying to model myself too much on Jimmy that got me in a worse position.

“Looking back, I used to swing it without getting side-on. It was more from my wrist than anything else. That’s stuff that I’ve learnt so hopefully, if anything, it’s made me a lot more aware of my action technically, which I think is a positive. It’s better to learn that when you are still quite young.”

Credit: espncricinfo.

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