In the nets this year (2017) I’ve bowled exceptionally well (so far) and there’s been far fewer people at nets this year (Brexit affect)? So, I’ve had to bowl at 2nd XI batsmen more and I’ve bowled really well (According to them). I was asked on the blog what have I done differently and you’ll find the full answer below in the post called “Another good net session”. But, I think one of the most likely reasons for bowling better is that I changed the emphasis of what I was doing when practicing.
Previously in practice I’ve set up some stumps and I bowl at the stumps. In this scenario – success is measured by hitting the stumps. Thinking about this and taking on board some things my captain said last season I realised that this “Bowling at the stumps” approach was flawed for a number of reasons, but the main one being …
Having changed my practice regime in the last year and currently seeing what appears to be huge benefits, I’m now advocating that when practicing, 95% of the time, you do so without any stumps. What’s more important is where you land the ball and your ability to land the ball in a relatively small area.
So, the change that I made, was to get rid of the stumps and introduce a target placed on the floor. My captain suggested to me last year that I should bowl a leg-stump line… threatening the leg stump if the ball didn’t turn and if it did turn still having the potential to hit the middle and off stump. More importantly with the ball targeting the leg-stump, this forces the batsman to play the ball. If the ball is spinning and the batsman hits it, there’s the potential for the ball to be caught. What my captain didn’t want was the ball outside of off or on off turning and missing off, leaving the batsman to simply watch the ball and choose not to play it. He’d then play the ball once I’d bowled a bad ball. If you target the stumps, the batsman is immediately forced into a position where he’s potentially going to have to play the ball.
Having seen Majid Haq (The worlds slowest international bowler) I realised that I could bowl as slow as I do, but, I needed to get a number of things right…
I’ve seen many bowlers take loads of wickets just simply bowling slow on a good line and length – the adage “You miss, I win” coming into play. So, if you’re getting the ball up there on a good line and length all those other attributes dip, drift and turn off the wicket make it that much harder to deal with.
So, get rid of your stumps find yourself a piece of hardboard about 10” wide (26cm) and 30” long (75cm). Place the target area with end nearest to you on a good length and have the farthest end on a fuller length and practice landing the ball on your target.
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