Wally Hammond was supposed to be as quick as anyone on his day, wasn't he?
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There's always going to be the age-old "problem" with part-timers that if they get any good at all they'll become batting all-rounders.
Craig White is onesuch; started as a batsman who bowled very occasional offspin (for Yorks in 1992 he bowled 3 overs in 19 FC games, for instance), switched to seam-up and was soon sending the nut down at 90mph despite a leisurely lope of a run-up thanks to that shoulder of his. Then bingo, he's playing tests as an all-rounder.
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Not a true part-timer by any stretch, but Jacques Kallis was very quick during his early years. I recall around the 1999 World Cup he was close to the top five fastest bowlers in the world at the time.
His back foot lands parallel to the crease, his left leg points to point and them swings all the way across and lands pointing at the batsman perpendicular to the crease. The back foot and the front foot are at a 45 degree angle to each other. This enable complete rotation of the hips.
Ie His left hip points at the batsman when the back foot lands and, due to full rotation, he is 'square' at the point of delivery. He isnt particularly aggressive in the swing of his left leg but his feet, and therefore hips, are very good for generating pace. He also has a strong, solid left leg for him to pivot over.
This rotation can be seen by how quickly he gets off the track and pulls to the left. That isnt ideal but it illustrates where the pace comes from. His problems come from the fact that his upper body doesnt match his feet. He has a 'mixed' action. You shouldnt have a 'sideways on' upper body if your feet are in that position. The upper body looks strong but is going in a different direction to the feet which leads to the lack of control in his follow through and undue stresses in the delivery. Of course, we would change the upper body now to fit the feet but he hasnt. I know little of his later career but his mixed action makes him a candidate for back problems.
So, in conclusion, his feet are in a great position for generating pace but he is probably capable of getting an extra yard by committing more aggressively though the crease but his top and bottom halves are not working together.
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Top stuff, Goughy. Thanks so much for your insight.
.Ie His left hip points at the batsman when the back foot lands and, due to full rotation, he is 'square' at the point of delivery
Implying that you'd get him to open up his upper body more and get front-on? Wouldn't that in any way affect his natural rhythm and ability to let go off the ball (from his palm) where he desires? I had some control issues when I tried to open up my action in the past and decided to stick with what I had.Of course, we would change the upper body now to fit the feet but he hasnt.
I have been reading a lot about mixed actions being stressful understandably due to the trunk having to twist to accomodate that counter-rotation. I fall in that category too - upper body very side-on with a slightly mixed action. Can you give me a good example of a fully side-on action? Hadlee, perhaps!
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