Thursday 20 July 2017

WATCH - An England cricket team are using hurleys to build up wrist speed

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The England Lions have begun using hurleys in an attempt to improve wrist speed ahead of their trip to the United Arab Emirates next week.

The Lions, a second-tier team consisting of up-and-coming cricketers, have replaced their cricket bats with hurleys after batting coach Julian Wood came up with the ingenious idea.

Hurls are less than half the weight of cricket bats meaning that batsmen have greater wrist speed as they whip through the ballls.

“You cannot get much power on a cricket ball from one of them unless your wrists are very quick” Wood told the Times.

“If you look at someone like Jos Buttler, you see the value of being able to really whip your hands through the ball.”

England's Eoin Morgan attributes much of his batting skill to playing hurling as a child in Ireland.

Nick Gubbins of Middlesex clearly has some ability with the ancient Irish stick and so to does junior player Dubs Wood. Watch below:

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