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    What Muscles Are Used In A Fast Bowlers Action ?

    Can anyone list them.. it would be helpful...

    I'm kind of guessing the basic ones would be.. Abdominals, err.. actually i haven't a clue ?! any one ?? thanks...

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    If you want to strengthen yourself for fast bowling, do core exercises. Chin ups, press ups and squats are a good place to start. www.harrowdrive.com, will help you quite a lot with cricket fitness too.
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    whos smarter, the bloke bowling 160 km/h or the opening batsman facing him?

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    The person who calculates his speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Masterplan View Post
    Can anyone list them.. it would be helpful...

    I'm kind of guessing the basic ones would be.. Abdominals, err.. actually i haven't a clue ?! any one ?? thanks...
    Most muscles. I can't think of any major muscles that are not used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond21 View Post
    whos smarter, the bloke bowling 160 km/h or the opening batsman facing him?
    That's a good question tbh.

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    Speaking as a biomechanist who has never bowled a ball in his life, I think the muscles to focus on would be the abdominals and the shoulder rotator cuff.

    Of course, the complete sequence of running in and bowling the ball requires virtually every large muscle group in the body, but your leg muscles can be expected to be able to make you run, so it's less of a necessity to pay extra attention to leg muscle strengthening.

    Having said that, if you're serious about it and are training at a fairly elite level, I am convinced low intensity leg co-ordination and balance exercises will improve your action and lower the risk of injuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    Speaking as a biomechanist who has never bowled a ball in his life, I think the muscles to focus on would be the abdominals and the shoulder rotator cuff.

    Of course, the complete sequence of running in and bowling the ball requires virtually every large muscle group in the body, but your leg muscles can be expected to be able to make you run, so it's less of a necessity to pay extra attention to leg muscle strengthening.

    Having said that, if you're serious about it and are training at a fairly elite level, I am convinced low intensity leg co-ordination and balance exercises will improve your action and lower the risk of injuries.
    Roger Clemens, one of the best pitches in American history always talks about his legs when speaking about his fitness for a season. It's always 'my legs are feeling good', or not. Leg strength is incredibly important in baseball, and I'd venture to say it would be equally so in cricket.
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    DWTA. In baseball, a pitcher has to generate enormous amount of momentum from a static, standing position. A cricket bowler comes running in and needs to translate the momentum from running into the actual delivery with a flowing action. This suggests that incredible leg strength is less necessary for a fast bowler than for a pitcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    DWTA. In baseball, a pitcher has to generate enormous amount of momentum from a static, standing position. A cricket bowler comes running in and needs to translate the momentum from running into the actual delivery with a flowing action. This suggests that incredible leg strength is less necessary for a fast bowler than for a pitcher.
    But the fact that leg strength is crucial for a baseball pitcher (ask any of them) then tells you something about how much cricket fast bowlers need it. And baseball pitch is not static as far as legs are concerned.

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    Core strength and leg strength are the most important.

    Those are the 2 areas where you get most of your speed from. And yes, leg strength is crucial for fast bowling.



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