As you may or may not know, I am obsessed with fast bowling. Sadly, I do not quite have the correct technique to match my passion and although I am quite good, I am hardly spectacular.
1. I am primarily a left arm over the wicket medium pace bowler but have a problem with dragging the ball down the leg side. On a normal day it can be one or two times an over and on a bad day it can be almost once a ball. It is very annoying and means I have to simply put the ball on the spot and sacrifice any sort of swing or pace. Does anyone have any action related tips to help? Even getting my bowling arm higher does not help because it means the ball travels in a straight line from where I release it which is down the leg side. I am extremely good at bowling to left handers (infact it usually takes me about 5 balls to dismiss one) but I cannot bowl to right handers well because of this reason.
2. The second problem is my swing. When I swing the ball, the swing is absolutely massive but it goes away from the right hander and I cannot find a way to get it to come in whilst keeping the line correct. Swinging it away is all well and good but does not get me enough wickets and I feel the inswinger from left arm over can be deadly as Mitchell Johnson showed Sachin Tendulkar today. Holding it with the seam pointing towards fine leg and the fingers on either side of the seam seems to result in my wrist wrapping around the ball and it going short and, you guessed it, down the leg side.
3. The third problem is my pace and unlike the other two, I feel I know the proble,s, just not how to solve them. I am about 53-58mph and I feel I need to be about 10mph quicker.
I feel that my jump is the main cause of my lack of pace. I seem to jump up and not up and forwards like I should. Any conscious attempt to make the jump attack the stumps more results in either me jumping several hundreds of feet into the air or I do jump forwards but the action is rushed and the pace is slower than before.
Also, after my release, my back goes a bit too far to the leg side (I know most bowlers have this as part of the hip drive but mine is a bit too much), are there any drills or ways to help correct this or is practice the only method.
My wrist is also not behind the ball, should I try and twist it anti clockwise and practice with that to get it behind the correct line? I currently have it straight.
I am also unable to bowl a bouncer, when I try and bang the ball in, the ball is length or a tad shorter and it just hits the pitch harder which at my pace means it sits up to be whacked. Any tips on how to bowl a bouncer, I have seen bowlers a tad quicker than my trouble good batsman with bouncers, how is it done?
That concludes my post for now, I may be obsessive, but you can't say I'm not thorough
Any help to either of the three points would be greatly appriciated as I am extremely keen to dramatically improve my bowling in this preseason in order to get on my school's tour to Australia in two years and to get into my club first team soon too. Although some of the staff members may know that I aspire to be a journalist, my primary goal is to be a successful cricketer, but that dream seems further and further away each day I bowl like I do now.