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    Whats the secret of medium pace bowling?

    How do you get it right? how do you get wickets? and what sort of variations can you add?

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    Theres no secret really. Line and length, consistency and slight variations are the key as well as correct field settings. Build pressure up through not leaking runs and thats when the medium pacer gets their wickets.

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    I see medium pacers as run savers rather than the main striker or main attacking bowler.. that is one of the reason that most Medium pacers are succesful in the limited games rather than test matches in my opinion...

    so work on imporving your line and length.. try to save runs by bowling in the right areas.. build pressure by saving runs..

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    Quote Originally Posted by knights12 View Post
    Theres no secret really. Line and length, consistency and slight variations are the key as well as correct field settings. Build pressure up through not leaking runs and thats when the medium pacer gets their wickets.
    This. Variations are the most important, after line and length. Being a medium pacer, banging in the short ones doesn't really work, but if you can, it's really useful, so the batsman doesn't just get a line and length every ball. Swing and cut are helpful, plus a slower and faster ball.


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    The above answers are right. To get there practice bowling as much as you can. If you think you have practiced enough, then do some more. There is no substitute for just bowling.
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    Unless you're playing first grade standard or above I'd say not to worry about the slower balls and variations etc and simply to keep it simple. Don't try too much, be patient, bowl at the top of off stump then do it again...I've seen bowlers in the lower grades try and employ slower balls and other variations quite a bit and more often than not it just messes with their control and releases the pressure. Whereas if they'd just stuck to a plan and bowled at the top of off stump they'd have been much more likely to prosper..

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    thanks everyone, i think ill just stick with line and length now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuranui View Post
    thanks everyone, i think ill just stick with line and length now.
    Yes. Look to get close to the stumps and hit the stumps. You will pick up bucketloads that way.
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    If you fall in the category of 120 - 125 kmph then line and length is the best weapon! Thats how you can tire the batsman out and take wickets.

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    Line and Length all the way...but slight pace variations can do wonders, provided you set up the batsman perfectly.......and practice is a must for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkallis View Post
    If you fall in the category of 120 - 125 kmph then line and length is the best weapon! Thats how you can tire the batsman out and take wickets.

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    Yes, apart from the fact that at least two of those three could move it around a bit off a decent length too (and they were faster) I agree.

    I'd imagine you'd have a natural stock delivery that moves in some way, it's pretty rare not to. Work on line and length and perfecting that and then look at some variations.
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    Add a good yorker as well. Use that whenever batsmen trying to go after you. No harm in bowling 4 yorkers in a row rather than 4 short ones in a row.
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    ^^^ very good point



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