Bowling is a one-stop shop for all cricket coaches, teachers and players looking for ways to improve play. It sets out coaching advice in clear, jargon-free language, with plenty of photographs to add further explanation. Content includes:

  • The basics, e.g. the run-up, the delivery stride
  • Technique for each...
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Bowling is a one-stop shop for all cricket coaches, teachers and players looking for ways to improve play. It sets out coaching advice in clear, jargon-free language, with plenty of photographs to add further explanation. Content includes:

  • The basics, e.g. the run-up, the delivery stride
  • Technique for each style of delivery with step-by-step illustrated instructions
  • Training drills to improve each skill
  • Common problems - and how to fix them
  • Tactics, e.g. when to use which style of delivery, patience and discipline
  • Advanced play, e.g. the more difficult techniques

The book also includes examples of players, past and present, who are renowned for their expertise in certain techniques, as well as words of advice from the legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408146552
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Davis

Mark Davis is Head Coach at the specialist cricket school, Millfield, and a former professional cricketer. Sam Collins is a cricket writer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Basics 3

Terminology 3

Line 4

Length 5

Other terms 7

Long hop 7

Bouncer 7

Short of length 7

Good length 7

Half-volley 7

Yorker 8

Full toss 8

Beamer 8

Chapter 2 Basic Bowling 9

Introduction 9

The grip 9

The bowling action 10

Side-on 11

Front-on 12

Mid-way 13

Stationary bowling 14

The jump and pre-delivery 16

The delivery stride 19

The follow-through 20

The run-up 22

Spinner's run-up 24

How do I stop no-balling? 26

Chapter 3 Advanced Bowling 29

Medium-pace and fast bowling 30

Pace bowling 33

Physical, preparation, fitness 35

Medium-pace (fast-medium, medium fast) 37

Seam bowling 38

Swing bowling 42

Reverse swing 46

Contrast swing 48

Out-swing 48

In-swing 50

Variations for swing bowlers 50

Off-cutter (out-swing) 55

Leg-cutter (in-swing) 57

Other variations 60

The bouncer 60

The yorker 63

Slower ball 65

Back of the hand 66

Ball deep in the hand 66

Off-cutter and leg-cutter 66

Thumb from bottom to top of seam 67

Split fingers 67

Slower ball bouncer 68

Fast-medium bowling tactics 69

Opening the bowling vs change bowling 69

Sledging 72

Bowling to left-handed batsmen 72

Using the crease and changing the angle of attack 73

Bowling around the wicket 74

Chapter 4 Spin Bowling 75

Introduction 75

Key terminology 79

Off-break/finger spin 81

Variations for the off-spinner 87

The arm-ball (floater) 87

Top-spinner 89

Doosra 89

Leg-break/writst-spin bowling 94

Leg-spin variation - googly 101

Top spinner 102

Flipper 103

Left-arm spin 103

Left-arm orthodox 104

Variations 106

Arm ball 106

Top spinner 107

Left-arm unorthodox/Chinaman 107

Chapter 5 Limited-Overs Bowling 111

Introduction 111

Basic principles of one-day bowling 111

Bowling to an aggressive batsman 112

Death bowling 113

Setting the field 115

Chapter 6 The Mental Side of Bowling 117

Kit 117

Pre-match preparation for bowlers 117

Post-match evaluation 118

Fitness 119

The dreaded yips 119

Changing your thought process 119

Chapter 7 Practice, Practice, Practice 121

Introduction 121

Planning your winter and summer 121

Net practice 122

The future 122

Advice for coaches 123

Players and coach relationship 123

Appendix 125

Modes of dismissal 125

Miscellaneous 126

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