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    How fast do i bowl?

    Hey Im actually a fast bowler. But the problem is I do not know how fast i bowl. Could anyone suggest some equipment that is not very costly. To measure speed. And what is actually a decent speed for a seventeen year old fast bowler.
    I would like to watch bowlers dominate batsmen like a dog would a tail-wagging contest against a rabbit. Which means I spend most of my days fuming and cursing the game. The Newlands Test between South Africa and Australia has vindicated my belief that batsmen are a bunch of weak-minded, inept fools only good for waving about sponsor logos.

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    There isn't really any easy way to measure speed. You could bowl to guys who have played bowlers knowing exactly what speed they were playing before and ask them, but you will tend to get different and inaccurate results. Could ask one of your mates to keep to a bowling machine at a set speed and then compare your speeds with it, also subjective but you will probably get a rough Idea.

    Average speeds for 17 year olds depends on which part of the world you are from, out here its probably a measly 105-110 for the top few bowlers in school cricket, but we do have one guy who was clocked at 126kph in Malaysia recently. He's incredibly wayward though, got smashed at the recent U19 ACC cup. When I was in Delhi playing against 16 year olds they were ****ing quick (for me at least, I bat at no.8-11 :P) but I doubt they were even close to 120kph.

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    Tried asking a few guys and I got replies ranging from 80kph to 120kph but I felt 80 was too slow and 120 was too fast so I thought perhaps 100kph.
    And yeah a bowling machine seems a wierd idea but I'll certainly give it a try.
    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudhindra9 View Post
    Tried asking a few guys and I got replies ranging from 80kph to 120kph but I felt 80 was too slow and 120 was too fast so I thought perhaps 100kph.
    And yeah a bowling machine seems a wierd idea but I'll certainly give it a try.
    Thanks for the feedback.
    80for fast bowler is too slow. I highly doubt you bowl there.
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    Yeah it might probably be something like 100-105kph.

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    Watch a video of MacGill or Warne bowling. You'll notice how the majority of their balls are around 80kph, and float and loop a long way above the batsman's eyeline. If you're a pace bowler, and you were told you were 80kph, I'd seriously question the batsman's judgement.
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    We have discussed this before in another thread.

    The options were to buy a special ball that measures your speed. I don't know where you get these from but google it.

    Get someone to put a stop watch on your bowling and do it for about 10 deliveries until you get a consistent time. This was questioned in the other thread as how accurate can the timing be. Anyways once you get the time some simple math will give you your speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    Watch a video of MacGill or Warne bowling. You'll notice how the majority of their balls are around 80kph, and float and loop a long way above the batsman's eyeline. If you're a pace bowler, and you were told you were 80kph, I'd seriously question the batsman's judgement.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    We have discussed this before in another thread.

    The options were to buy a special ball that measures your speed. I don't know where you get these from but google it.

    Get someone to put a stop watch on your bowling and do it for about 10 deliveries until you get a consistent time. This was questioned in the other thread as how accurate can the timing be. Anyways once you get the time some simple math will give you your speed.
    The ball seems a good option. I'll try googling! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    Watch a video of MacGill or Warne bowling. You'll notice how the majority of their balls are around 80kph, and float and loop a long way above the batsman's eyeline. If you're a pace bowler, and you were told you were 80kph, I'd seriously question the batsman's judgement.
    I'll settle for a 100-odd kph then!

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    Hey there.

    Im 16 at the moment (coming up to 17 in June) and i bowl at around 110-120 WITHOUT a run-up and with a tennis ball :P. I've bowled with a a general 5 metre run-up for quite a while now (with a cricket ball) and i dont see a difference in speed although i've yet to try a 20-30 metre run-up. Hope that helps

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    That's very quick with no run up and with a tennis ball!
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    Yeah thats pretty quick for no run up. How did you measure yourself?

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    And how do you bowl that fast with a tennis ball without your shoulder popping out?

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    I've bowled to a mate through backyard cricket and he's said that its between 110-120 (he faces this type of speed through school cricket). I bowl somewhat like Jimmy Anderson, so i bend my back quite a bit. Although i could send a video in sometime i guess.

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    Send a video off 22 yards, with a cricket ball and not a short delivery and people will be able to estimate within 10kph, I'd reckon.
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