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There's no doubt that fitness is playing an ever greater part in modern cricket, especially for fast bowlers. We have always championed the power of strength and conditioning and to show this we continue the series on exercises for fast bowlers with another video from Steffan Jones' workout guide.

But it's not all about the gym, you still need technical skill and good organisation to be effective. So there are wicketkeeping tips from Mark Garaway, spin bowling comments from Menno Gazendam and a word on running nets from Darren Talbot.

It's a prime slice of newsletter action!

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Exercises to Bowl Faster: Rows


Nobody knows why, but there is a direct relationship between to strength of your lats and how fast you bowl.

That means, the more weight you can move in an upper body pulling movement will directly relate to greater speeds on the pitch.

It's not often that this crossover is so clear, so you should take advantage and do as much pulling as possible if you want to bowl faster.

The problem is that upper body pulling is one of the hardest movements to train, especially in the horizontal plane.

For vertical pulling, you can do chin ups anywhere there is something to pull yourself up on. If you get good you can use weights to make it harder.

But when you need to cover the rowing variations you have less options. You need some kind of weight like a dumbbell or barbell to pull towards you.

A simple way to do this is single arm rows. You need less weight and can do it with a variety of tools.

Here Steff Jones shows us how to row with a dumbbell:

The exercise will strengthen your lats and biceps so is best done 2-3 times a week. Aim to hit the 6-8 rep range for 3-4 sets but you can start with 10-12 reps.

It's also a great exercise to pair in a superset with an explosive lower body exercise like jump squats.

However, it's not the complete answer to training to get faster. To do that you need to get a complete programme.

Lucky enough, Steff Jones has one you can take straight off the shelf and start using today. Click here.

The programme is designed by a former bowler who now trains cricketers from schoolboy level to experienced professionals.

It's the best plan for you if you want to use fitness training to improve your natural bowling speed and keep innjury away.

Click here to get the programme instantly.

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Cricket Show S4 Episode 5: The Gift of the Wrist

Mark Garaway does the heavy lifting this week about women's cricket, bad outfields and spin bowling pace. David Hinchliffe is back from Sydney and just about keeping up to the pace while Burners gives us some tips on sliding, but not the type you think.

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How to Coach Leg Side Stumpings

The leg side stumping is a sure fire way to change the momentum of a game.

It's a pressured delivery from the bowler that then gets a wicket from a ball slung down legside! All of a sudden the feel of the match changes as a result of a swift bit of keeping brilliance.

There are a number of tips that I give keepers to increase their competence down the leg side and then to take that most beautiful dismissal:


Wait, gather information

Many keepers move down the legside as soon as they see the ball heading that way and as a consequence miss out on some crucial information such as the ball starting to curve in the early part of flight.

The best keepers have a great knack of knowing where the ball is going to appear past the batters legs as they have slightly delayed their lateral movement until they have enough information.

I often get told, "but I don't have enough time to do that and get across". This tells me that there is a good chance that someone's starting position is not working for them rather than them not being able to wait for a split second before moving.

Move in a straight line

The shortest distance between Point A (starting position) and Point B (taking the leg-side ball) is a straight line. I see many keepers working off of this line and as a result the following things happen:

  1. Moving towards the stumps with the leading shoulder turning in as you move across. This has a tendency of closing the leading hand ahead of ball take which limits the catching area of the keeper for the all important take. The hips and shoulder turn and the ball often ricochets off of the thumb or in extreme cases off of the back of the outside hand
  2. Moving away from the stumps with the leading shoulder/hip pulling away from the stumps - this opens the leading hand and as a result the ball will often slide out of the outside hand or bounce off of the fingers causing bruises.

Moving along the line helps to square up the catching area, increasing the chance of catching the ball cleanly, reduces bruises and gives you a great chance of taking that show-stopping stumping

Speed up the hands going back to the bails

For every action, there is a reaction. Once the ball is in the gloves, kick your leading leg out away from the stumps. This is the ACTION that causes the hands to move swiftly back into the stumps at an accelerated rate (REACTION).

Your inside leg acts as the pivot point and creates balance.

Put all 3 tips together and the leg-side stumping that presently seems like a dream will soon become reality.

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When to Bowl a Backspinner

Menno Gazendam is author of Spin Bowling Project. Get your free 8 week spin bowling course here

When should you bowl your backspinner?

Nothing stops you bowling it at any time, but then you are just bowling without a plan. And good spinners always bowl with a plan.

How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Cricket Nets

Today's guest article from Darren Talbot; Professional coach, Managing Director of Darren Talbot Cricket Coaching and founder committee member of the Surrey ECB Coaches Association.

I keep hearing from clubs they are doing off season "nets" for their juniors (and seniors, more of which later).


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Issue: 241
Date: 2013-02-08