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    1-800-CallGoughy The Technical Helpline for International Bowlers

    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.
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    Teach me to bowl like Warney, oh wise one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes
    Teach me to bowl like Warney, oh wise one.
    Actually you do not want to. Terry Jenner who worked with Warne has ruined more young legspinners than you can dare imagine.

    He has made a profitable career due to his success with Warne but he want everyone he coaches to bowl like Warne and he messes up so many of them up.

    A bad coach who has made a good reputation for getting lucky with Warne.
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    It does make you wonder what on earth goes on at county level. As Harmison's just sent down his 9th wide of the innings, the Cricinfo scribe as asked what the bowling coach is doing between these games, but surely the basics should havebeen taught long before they reached the international stage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    Actually you do not want to. Terry Jenner who worked with Warne has ruined more young legspinners than you can dare imagine.

    He has made a profitable career due to his success with Warne but he want everyone he coaches to bowl like Warne and he messes up so many of them up.

    A bad coach who has made a good reputation for getting lucky with Warne.
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    Might just be pressure with some, so working on their brain as well as their action might be just as important, maybe even more so. I'm sure a fair few sportsmen would perform more consistently if they knew how to relax in pressure situations. I know nothing of these techniques only what worked for me, which was always trying to have the attitude "this doesn't really matter, it's just a silly game, play as you play and then hit the boozer". It worked and got the best out of me. I'd perform poorly when tense, worried and nervous.

    Correcting and improving action will breed confidence of course.
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    When I'm calm and in form, I sing to myself. I almost forget about what I'm doing, and it seems I'm hardly concentrating, but I always seem to perform my best.

    I'm primarily a batsman though, and I don't bowl very often these days.

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    The mental aspects certainly play a part but they are generally harder to fix than minor technical issues.

    Believe me, the small changes I suggest would make a world of difference. Its not just a matter of not being able to handle the situation but having an action that makes it more difficult to succeed.

    To put most of it down to pressure would be to cover-up fundamental mistakes and bear in mind I wrote the list before Ali bowled at the death.
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    'Plunkett could add a yard or two of pace easily'

    Now that's just being silly.

    It's not simple at all telling someone to do anything differently in their action and it isn't a guarenteed route to results. Kabir Ali is a good bowler (honest) he just bowled crap today, changing his front arm is likely to have affect other parts of his action and thus make him less effective.

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    Dear Goughy,

    I am writing to you asking for your help instead of phoning because my mobile doesn't work overseas and some chavs smashed the nearest phonebox. I am quite a good bowler, touching 90 mph regularly and enjoying quite a bit of success of late. However, there is one small thingin my action that I can't get over - I literally can't get it over! ...The arm that delivers the ball, that is.
    No matter how hard I try, my arm barely even gets above my head. This causes quite a few problems - I can't go back to certain parts of Galle after poking out the eye of a popular local umpire. I also once broke my forearm going around the wicket in the nets. I have tried everything to correct this problem - I even tried strapping a stiff stick to my arm and down my body to help keep the arm straight up. Unfortunately, I hadn't imagined how difficult that made it to follow through. What can I do, Mr. Goughy?

    Yours sincerely,
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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Dear Goughy,

    I am writing to you asking for your help instead of phoning because my mobile doesn't work overseas and some chavs smashed the nearest phonebox. I am quite a good bowler, touching 90 mph regularly and enjoying quite a bit of success of late. However, there is one small thingin my action that I can't get over - I literally can't get it over! ...The arm that delivers the ball, that is.
    No matter how hard I try, my arm barely even gets above my head. This causes quite a few problems - I can't go back to certain parts of Galle after poking out the eye of a popular local umpire. I also once broke my forearm going around the wicket in the nets. I have tried everything to correct this problem - I even tried strapping a stiff stick to my arm and down my body to help keep the arm straight up. Unfortunately, I hadn't imagined how difficult that made it to follow through. What can I do, Mr. Goughy?

    Yours sincerely,
    L. Malinga

    P.S. My hair is shocking. Do you help with that, too?


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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Dear Goughy,

    I am writing to you asking for your help instead of phoning because my mobile doesn't work overseas and some chavs smashed the nearest phonebox. I am quite a good bowler, touching 90 mph regularly and enjoying quite a bit of success of late. However, there is one small thingin my action that I can't get over - I literally can't get it over! ...The arm that delivers the ball, that is.
    No matter how hard I try, my arm barely even gets above my head. This causes quite a few problems - I can't go back to certain parts of Galle after poking out the eye of a popular local umpire. I also once broke my forearm going around the wicket in the nets. I have tried everything to correct this problem - I even tried strapping a stiff stick to my arm and down my body to help keep the arm straight up. Unfortunately, I hadn't imagined how difficult that made it to follow through. What can I do, Mr. Goughy?

    Yours sincerely,
    L. Malinga

    P.S. My hair is shocking. Do you help with that, too?
    I do not mind Malinga's action at all. I would not look to change anything at the moment. He is strong in the left arm and brings his hips through very well. The weaknesses of his action (having to release at a exact point to stop the ball being pushed down the leg or short on the off) are too deeply tied to the action to be changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    'Plunkett could add a yard or two of pace easily'

    Now that's just being silly.

    It's not simple at all telling someone to do anything differently in their action and it isn't a guarenteed route to results. Kabir Ali is a good bowler (honest) he just bowled crap today, changing his front arm is likely to have affect other parts of his action and thus make him less effective.
    You obviously know nothing about bowling actions and how to improve players. What you state is just ignorant of how things are done.

    Plunkett could add pace very, very easily and I could sort that out in a few sessions.

    Ali is an average bowler. He is often erratic and that is because he as a minor technical flaw that could be changed very quickly. It would have NO effect on the other parts of his action. If you checked the time of the original post, I wrote all that before he bowled crap today at the death.

    What you are saying shows a complete lack of understanding of how actions are made and what changes can be done easily and without complication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365

    It's not simple at all telling someone to do anything differently in their action and it isn't a guarenteed route to results.
    Actually it is. Minor changes bring major improvements. But what can I say to you. I deal with this stuff on a daily basis and it is amazing how little players and coaches know about bowling actions.

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