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    Reasons for poor death bowling

    Having watched the likes of Imran, 2Ws, McGrath, Donald, Pollock, Bond, Garner etc over the years there was one thing quite noticeable about their bowling. All these bowlers had a great yorker which they would use very frequently in the death overs. Watching the Pak-SA series just now I noticed that ABDV was clubbing the Pak bowlers with some awesome batting but an interesting thing to note was that the bowlers kept bowling length. ABDV finally got out to a low full toss which Junaid wanted to be a yorker.

    What are the reasons that death bowling has become such a poor art and why don't the bowlers use the yorker more often nowadays?
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    ok, my bad, Junaid bowled 5 yorkers in the last over to seal the series for Pakistan, but my point stands

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    Probably a combination of execution issues (i.e. not having the requisite skills to bowl yorkers on demand), and the fact that the margin of error has now dropped lower than ever before. Low full tosses used to be decent death options (not threatening but hard to hit), but now they get slaughtered for six. Drop a fraction short of yorker length, and its a juicy half-volley that can be smacked anywhere.

    With batsmen now able to scoop, paddle, take on boundary fielders with confidence and hit pretty much any ball anywhere, death bowling is arguably harder now than ever before.
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    A lot of those bowlers would get carted today (yes not as bad as Ishant, Vinay Kumar etc.) but its too harsh to compare what it was then to what it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Probably a combination of execution issues (i.e. not having the requisite skills to bowl yorkers on demand), and the fact that the margin of error has now dropped lower than ever before. Low full tosses used to be decent death options (not threatening but hard to hit), but now they get slaughtered for six. Drop a fraction short of yorker length, and its a juicy half-volley that can be smacked anywhere.

    With batsmen now able to scoop, paddle, take on boundary fielders with confidence and hit pretty much any ball anywhere, death bowling is arguably harder now than ever before.
    Yeah, this. Batsmen regularly sit way back in the crease at the death or walk forward a couple of steps which can turn the perfect yorker into a full toss/half volley as well.

    Death bowling standards were always going to fall once ODI ATG Andrew Hall retired as well.
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    We all know that the true ATG of the bits-and-pieces ODI all-rounder class was Ian Harvey. Andrew Hall has nothing on him (apart from the ability to wicketkeep, I guess)

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    Have told you bois countlessly how to bowl at the death. Will draw diagrams if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Have told you bois countlessly how to bowl at the death. Will draw diagrams if needed.
    Yeah, and I agree with your method entirely; I'm slowly trying to re-train myself into bowling medium pace yorkers two feet outside off stump in order to actually be of some use with the ball. I think I quoted one of your posts on the subject in an article I wrote, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Yeah, and I agree with your method entirely; I'm slowly trying to re-train myself into bowling medium pace yorkers two feet outside off stump in order to actually be of some use with the ball. I think I quoted one of your posts on the subject in an article I wrote, actually.
    Hope he got more credit than I did for your Facebook plagiarism, ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Hope he got more credit than I did for your Facebook plagiarism, ****.


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