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Bowling basics



Bowling action

Bowlers are the players in charge of collecting wickets for the fielding team.

Every bowler has their own individual method of bowling, so find the ideal bowling action for you.

There are five basic components to bowling. They are:

  • The run-up
  • Bound
  • Coil
  • Release
  • Follow through

    STEP ONE

    The run-up

  • As you set off from the top of your run-up, start by using small steps before changing to larger strides

  • Keep your arms close to your body and your head steady - keep your eyes fixed on the target - the batsman

    STEP TWO

    The bound

  • As you approach the crease, turn your body to get side on and lean back slightly

    STEP THREE

    Coil

    Bowling action

  • The coil is the spring from which the ball is released. Keep the ball close to your chin with your head looking behind a high front arm

  • As your back foot lands on the pitch, keep your body upright. Your back leg should remain stable and support the body while the front foot should be raised slightly

  • Your front foot should be pointing to the batsman as it lands with the leg braced ready to take the full impact of the delivery

    STEP FOUR

    Release

  • As the shoulders begin to rotate, push your bowling arm forward and down from the coil position, with your non-bowling arm pointing to the batsman

  • The arms should rotate through with the ball released at the top of the delivery arc

    STEP FIVE

    Follow through
    Bowling action

  • As you follow through, fold your bowling arm into your body and swing your hips around to finish

  • Your momentum will take you towards the batsman but make sure you don't run down the middle of the pitch


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