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    Is It Right To Try And Copy ?

    I am a medium pace bowler (but I try and bowl quick!) I like Simon Jones' bowling action, I've been trying to sort of copy it... should I try and copy his action or just stick with my own natural bowling action ?

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GeoxS70CtKM

    Anyone's opinion or advice is welcome...

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    It depends what you have to work with to start with. If you were say, a front-on bowler trying to copy Matthew Hoggard, you're going to screw yourself over, but selective imitation of something that works can't be a bad thing. It would be handy to see a video of what you have at the moment and go from there.

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    i duno, I tried copying Brett Lee, but I lost a slight bit of pace because I didnt have momentum that I usually do with the downswing.

    Im now trying to get my action "tight" and it helps control the release of the ball. ie the exact opposite of Steve Harmison.

    McGrath is a good example, his action is simple and "tight" and nothing can go wrong with that, unlike Harmison's.

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    one flaw with Jones' action is he bends his left arm instead of getting it high and pulling down.


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    I'm against trying to copy whole actions. Bowling's about what feels comfortable to your body, if you try and force it into an action that works well for a test bowler, eventually when you're fatigued after a few overs you'll revert back to what feels most comfortable to you anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    I'm against trying to copy whole actions. Bowling's about what feels comfortable to your body, if you try and force it into an action that works well for a test bowler, eventually when you're fatigued after a few overs you'll revert back to what feels most comfortable to you anyway.
    Yes. This is a hundred percent true, your body will always eventually switch to what is natural, so look to make changes to your natural action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Seeing as I can't help being nosey, whereabouts in Devon are you from, and who do you play for?
    Woolacombe, don't know if you know it, near Barnstaple ?? anyway i used to play a bit for braunton.. havn't for a year or two just gettin myself back into the scene..

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    ...And don't be nosey in the future

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    If other people actions work for you, stick with it. I tryed Brett Lee, but get no accuracy.

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    What people tend to do when copying actions is to copy the load up and nothing else. For example, with Brett Lee, someone will load up by their hip and think that they have it done. However, they ignore the 3/4 stump height and 1.5-2m long jump, the high front arm, the high front leg, the dragging of the backfoot to create a powerful hip drive, and so on...



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