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Saturday February 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by rajes paul
KUALA LUMPUR: National bowler Adrian Ang is ready to get his bowling career back on track after being laid low by injury last year.
And his first real test will come during the selection roll-off next week when national chief coach Holloway Cheah chooses his best six men and six women for the Brunswick Euro Challenge in France from March 15-24.
The 24-year-old Adrian’s bowling career took a back seat for the most part of last year because of a niggling ring finger injury picked up en route to his four gold medals victory at the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta.
“I tried to play on for a few months but the pain became unbearable and I had to stop bowling. It’s not a common injury among bowlers. Usually, bowlers complain of knee, back and wrist pains but I got this because of the way I grip and spin my bowling ball,” said Adrian.
“I’ve worked on it and my coaches have helped me to become better at it. My injury is not a big bother anymore.”
Adrian, who joined the national team when he was 16 years old, said that he “can’t wait for the excitement of bowling again”.
“I missed that the most – the opportunity to bowl competitively. I’m looking forward to the adrenaline rush and excitement of it all,” said Adrian.
“I’m looking forward to the selection roll-off and see where I stand after skipping bowling all these months. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make the selection for my first international assignment.”
The others taking part in the roll-off are Zulmazran Zulkifli, Alex Liew, Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin, Isaac Russell Paul and Aris Ardila Santosoh.
Prior to taking his long layoff, Adrian had played an instrumental role in helping the team win the Canon’s Cup in March.
It was his last significant contribution.
The Penangite’s main goal for this year will be to regain the trust and confidence of his coaches and win the right to represent the country in his fourth World Championships, which will be held in the United States in August.
“Even when I was down with injury last year, it never crossed my mind to give up bowling. I was just thinking of making a strong comeback,” he said.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to prove myself in the next few months and earn the right to compete in the world meet.
“I plan to make everyone notice my exploits.”
Adrian was a member of the team who finished second in the World Championships in Mexico in 2007.
Some of the other highlights of his career include becoming the first Malaysian bowler to win a European Tour leg at the Ankara Open in 2009, winning the Asian Games doubles gold with Alex Liew at the 2010 Asian Games and scoring an impressive 17 perfect games.
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