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Recently I’ve been doing a number of bowling analyses for some up and coming junior teenage fast bowlers. One thing that struck me was how often these young bowlers had their momentum mis-aligned through the delivery stride.

The most common problem was momentum heading towards fine leg at the beginning of the delivery stride (back foot landing), which often results in some sort of correction later in the delivery stride. Often this ‘correction’ is displayed as an excessive lateral flexion of the upper body to the off-side, to create a resultant ball trajectory at the batters stumps. This creates extra stress for the bowler, usually through their front hip joint, pelvis and/or lower back. Sometimes all three.

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2 weeks ago

My first foray into converting my ActionTypes learning into context for fast bowling. There some unique classifications to better understand how fast bowlers do what they do and will provide the basis of fast bowling coaching and injury management information to come

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2 weeks ago

England’s Rob Key backs Kookaburra ball for full-time use in county cricket

“I think it’s been fantastic,” said Key. “You see what four-day cricket is meant to be. I’ve watched quite a bit this week and seen some bloody good cricket. I would use the Kookaburra all the time. English cricket would be much better off for it.”
But county cricket is meant to go four days. This week has shown it’s rewarding the right type of players. Cricket is about watching pace bowlers, spinners and really good batting. Four days is about the journey.”
“The pitches are slow this time of year but watching medium pacers is a waste of time,” said Key. “Teams need to find quicker bowlers or ones who will force a wicket. You can’t just keep running up bowling at 75mph. And in terms of those guys who are not express, you really work out who can bowl.

Read the full article in the Guardian -

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last month

So you want to be a fast bowler well here is the secret

Pitch the ball up as far as you can to pass the splice of the bat

The great fast bowlers had this ability


The indecision from the batsman on whether to go back or forward creates poor shot selection as you can’t drive off the splice of bat.

Bowlers no matter how fast, if you bowl knee down you a flat bowler and it’s far easier for the batsman to drive.

So there you have it, work on the seam position, come over the top and pass the slice of the bat.

Good luck

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7 months ago

My son is 14 and wants to be a young fast bowler. He seems to bowl quicker than most his age but has difficulty with his run up.
I don’t know much about cricket, but he accelerates quickly at the start of his run up, and I think he starts to lose momentum as he gets into his bowling action.
Can I ask for some advice on how long his run up should be and where in his run up should he be accelerating?

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8 months ago

I see a few young fast bowlers where their immediate follow through is straight off the wicket towards gully and point.
I understand the need to stay out of the danger zone in their follow through, but it seems they’re losing momentum in their action and pace by not driving through the crease more towards the batter.
Would this be the case and who are the bowlers can share some video footage of to help them understand.
Thank you.

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9 months ago

How do you get fast bowling fit?

During his record-breaking Ranji trophy year, Jaydev Unadkat said it perfectly

Heart of Bowling relies on the skill of running.

Running is key

You have to reverse engineer the game and train specifically for it.

Here are the metrics for an IPL game . You need to respect the volume and the intensity you run at.

Let's not fool ourselves as players and coaches. Cricket is pretty sedentary compared to other sports.

Like I said, it's about time of feet and building the base of aerobic fitness.

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10 months ago

Six weeks to cricket fast bowling fitness - a guide to managing workload

Being in excellent physical condition and using a sound bowling technique are both key, however, bowling workload management is particularly important at this time of year, when fast bowlers are starting to prepare for the regular club season. For those teenage fast bowlers preparing for underage tournaments where multiple games are played in a week-long carnival type format, its critical bowling workloads are planned properly. The research in cricket, and from other sports, clearly shows sportspeople get injured more often after a sudden increase in physical demands,

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last year

Do you know what type of fast bowler your body wants to be?

Reflecting on all my years of analysing bowling actions and working with fast bowlers, I have been pondering the simple to master basics for young developing fast bowlers. And I reckon this is a great start for fast bowlers, and their coaches, to reduce their risks of injury and maximise their potential.

From a bowling action perspective, a key foundation for reducing risk of injury and maximizing your talent, is this one simple, and somewhat odd feature about the way YOU bowl. Not your team-mate, not your idol, but YOU!

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last year

There is a reason Brett Lee was as fast as he was

Two attractors were evident from the very beginning of the impact zone. Attractors in the bowling sequence have a domino effect. Setting the kino sequence up correctly from the start by hitting the attractors has a huge positive effect on ball velocity

1. Upper body first

Creating tension around the trunk and pelvis through correct stretching of the oblique slings. Creates control of collision on the back foot contact

Fast bowling is about utilising the SPIRAL FORCES that happen in the body and is free energy. Getting the timing and sequencing right will allow effortless and efficient speed

The spiral tension creates stability around the pelvis which in turns aids the front foot contact, swing leg extension and retraction

2. Extending the trunk while rotating

In fast bowling the upper body should move independently from the lower body (notice his pelvis is open/facing forward- the back door and front door closed as such, whilst his torso has a slight turn)

This is how tension is created

Extending the trunk encourages stability in the lumbar spine. It also guides the scapula into the correct position.

“When the bowler extends their thoracic spine, they put the four rotator cuff muscles at or near their optimal length, promoting stability in the next attractor (rotation around the shoulder)

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last year

We live remotely and my 12 daughter wants to learn about cricket and how to bowl.
There’s not much cricket close by and we look at youtube videos but I’d like to ask if she should be looking at the stumps when she bowls or an area on the pitch. When she looks at the stump the ball bounces twice before it gets to the wicket. She is quite small. We’d appreciate some advice.

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