Matthew Hoggard can help.
If this doesn't work, you could try something with your wrists (or fingers). With your fingers, after release, try and make the ball backspin with the seam on an angle (towards fine leg).
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DO NOT TRY TO MESS AROUND WITH YOUR ACTION TO SWING IT DIFFERENT WAYS
Cannot be much clearer on that. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, you are headed down the route of a mixed action, a buggered back and a career that doesn't go past your 20s.
Action and Wrist Position (i.e. cock of wrist and angle of seam) are both the biggest contributors to the way you end up swinging the ball. Rough/Shiny or yellow/red makes a small difference to what you get but you will, for the most part, swing it one way. A side on action will for the most part create away swing (e.g. Hoggard, Lee, Vaas) and a front-on action in swing (e.g. Flintoff). There are of course exceptions to this (e.g. Nel: front on, away swing).
A better variation for an away swing bowler is an off-cutter or just a slower ball: a better course of action than completely messing your action up is to practice with little things - grip (width of fingers, depth in hand, thumb on/thumb off, angle of run, using the crease...) and develop accuracy and control.
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Guys, i was at the nets yesterday for training and change a few things with my bowling. When i'm running in and just before i bowl ive started to lean back a little before i start my action and now i'm bowling on a length and hitting the top of off and also out of nowhere ive started to swing it into the right hander as well as away! Soo Happy!
My take on this is that batsmen are not respecting you, and are taking advantage of your moderate pace. I would suggest doing some training to become a fast bowler. There are two main ways of achieving this:
1. Improve your bowling technique: A good bowling action will help you bowl faster, and also more accurately. Try things like pulling down with your front arm as well as getting a good rhythm when you bowl (achieved by a smooth and steady approach to the wicket)
2. Improve your physical attributes: Train your speed (with sprint drills) as well as your strength (push-ups and chin ups). This will improve your ability to bowl well, and also your overall atheletism.
Also consider mixing up your deliveries, and adding variety to your bowling. Have a look at this website on cricket bowling tips and tricks for this.
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