Originally Posted by Outswinger@Pace
What do you, as a pace bowling coach, make of Blewett's action? Something in there to produce that extra yard or two from seemingly nowhere?
He gets his feet into what I believe to be the perfect position for a fast bowler. Many disagree but the majority is diminishing as more are coming around to my, and some others, way of thinking.
His back foot lands parallel to the crease, his left leg points to point and them swings all the way across and lands pointing at the batsman perpendicular to the crease. The back foot and the front foot are at a 45 degree angle to each other. This enable complete rotation of the hips.
Ie His left hip points at the batsman when the back foot lands and, due to full rotation, he is 'square' at the point of delivery. He isnt particularly aggressive in the swing of his left leg but his feet, and therefore hips, are very good for generating pace. He also has a strong, solid left leg for him to pivot over.
This rotation can be seen by how quickly he gets off the track and pulls to the left. That isnt ideal but it illustrates where the pace comes from. His problems come from the fact that his upper body doesnt match his feet. He has a 'mixed' action. You shouldnt have a 'sideways on' upper body if your feet are in that position. The upper body looks strong but is going in a different direction to the feet which leads to the lack of control in his follow through and undue stresses in the delivery. Of course, we would change the upper body now to fit the feet but he hasnt. I know little of his later career but his mixed action makes him a candidate for back problems.
So, in conclusion, his feet are in a great position for generating pace but he is probably capable of getting an extra yard by committing more aggressively though the crease but his top and bottom halves are not working together.