Watching the Eng v Sri 4th ODI I am shocked with the technical deficiencies some of the England bowlers have.
Im not taking about complicated stuff that would mean changing their action, but things that could be sorted out in the nets if given a few hours. I cannot believe people have never got hold of them and given them a talking to.
Im writing this thread for 3 reason.
1) The simple mistakes they make are annoying the hell out of me
2) Its what I do for a living
3) Im good at what I do
Anyway, from todays game.
Kabir Ali- Seems to be all over the place every time I watch him. Variable line and length. Why? His left arm points to 1st slip as it comes down. This is one of the most common mistakes people make and one of the easiest to resolve with one of the biggest payoffs in terms of improvement.
All it would take is for the left arm to come through towards off-stump rather than 1st slip and he would be a much improved bowler.
Ian Bell- Annoyingly his problem is similar to Ali's just not quite so bad. If he rectified it then he would be a useful part-time bowler.
Dalrymple- Does not drive off the left leg. He needs to push off the left leg to go up whilst rotating. This would add greater height and purchase on the ball. This change would make a difference. However, it takes some time to work on as it can feel awkward and it is easy to overpitch whilst you are getting used to it.
Plunkett- I do not like Plunketts action but I would not change it as he is very used to it. What I would do is make minor alterations to function in partnership with his action. Firstly his weight transfer is poor. He needs to bring his weight forward through the crease and his action. This would add pace. He also just puts his left arm there. He must force it up and work it down. Plunkett could add a yard or 2 of pace easily.
Bresnan- Did not really see enough of him. From what little I have seen I have not immediate concerns technically (maybe with more viewing there will be some). He has a strong left arm, a braced left leg, left arm fires towards offstump in delivery and he transfers his weight well in his action. Tiny concern about his head but I will have to watch him more.
On a side note I want to reiterate my concerns over Panesars action. Many talk about how classical it is but he has a major fundamental flaw that will prevent him from being a major success at Test level
Panesar- His head falls away towards the legside in delivery. This mean he will always struggle with length. Not for a long time have I seen a left arm spinner get cut so often. Why? because his head is not even close to being level. This means he cannot judge length correctly. In fact he may be putting the ball where he wants but because of the head problem it is a misjudgement rather than an errant ball. He must be forced to keep his eyes as level (horizontal) as possible during delivery. It would make a massive improvement.
Now bowlers are like artists, there is not correct way to bowl or paint. However, all artists must possess certain techniques which they can then use to paint in their own individual fashion.
I am certainly not a 'Technical Nazi' and I never believe in making major changes to a bowling action (I lost a full season when some 'highly qualified' coach tried to do that to me). However it makes me crazy that guys are playing International cricket that I could help be better in an afternoon by making minor changes.