Cricket Bowling Tips: Fast Bowling / Controlling Swing

by Abhimanyu
(India,Maharashtra,Pune)

Dale Steyn: Setting The Angle Of The Seam

Dale Steyn: Setting The Angle Of The Seam

Dale Steyn: Setting The Angle Of The Seam
Dale Steyn: Wrist Cocked For An Away Swinger
Dale Steyn: Wrist Cocked In Delivery Action

Sir,
I am 15 years old and am having some problems with controlling swing when I am bowling. I don't grip the ball to bowl swing but the new ball swings, sometimes inswing and sometimes outswing, without my knowing.

So sir please can you help me to control it.
I bowl in the first spell and with the new ball.

Abhimanyu


Hi Abhimanyu, this is a common problem for young bowlers who are bowling with the new ball. Even first class cricketers can have days when the ball swings erratically and is difficult to control.

The lovely thing is, that by accident you have discovered how to swing the ball both ways, now you need to control it.

Swing bowling is controlled by your bowling hand, to be precise, it is how you set the ball in your bowling hand and the angle of the seam. The seam is the 'rudder' that controls the balls flight and swing.

Dale Steyn is currently the best swing bowler in the world, have a look on YouTube at footage of Dale, he has a fantastic bowling action for young bowlers to copy.

You can also check out a clip of Dale setting up and dismissing Ian Bell in a test match. Copy and paste this link into your browser.

http://www.mycricketgame.com/cricket-bowling-tips-dale-steyn.html

Some simple fast bowling tips to help you ...

1. Set the ball in your hand correctly, like Dale Steyn has done in the main photo on this page. Put your first and second fingers on top of the seam and your thumb on the seam below.

Practice flicking the ball up in the air, so that the ball spins backwards, with the seam staying straight up. This is the reverse of the wrist action for swing bowling, it helps you to develop the 'feel' of controlling the wrist action and how tight or loose you need to hold the ball to control the seam, the goal is to make it spin up without the the seam wobbling.

2. With a partner, stand 5 yards apart, hold your elbow with your none bowling hand, flick the ball to your partner with your wrist. The goal is to keep the seam up straight and with the ball spinning backwards.

3. With your partner, stand 10 yards apart, in a standing position, bowl the ball to your partner ( don't let it bounce ) with the seam up, no wobbling. You'll learn to control the 'feel' and wrist action with these drills.

4. Away Swing: Cock your wrist up ( grip as described above) and angle your bowling hand slightly to first slip, ( not straight) this sets the angle of the swing. Bowl this gently to your partner, you'll see the ball starts to swing ( for a right arm bowler ) from right to left. Make sure your bowling hand sweeps across your body past your left hip.

5. In Swing: Turn the seam slightly toward fine leg and put your thumb on the outside of the seam, this allows your wrist to 'soften' and release the ball with a flick so that the bowling hand can now sweep down and through past your right hip. Remember to play around with this, develop the feel of these deliveries.

5. Cross Seam: If the ball is swinging prodigiously and you can't control it, hold the ball across the seam , this will stop the swing and allow you to bowl straight. This helps to settle yourself and get a line and length going, you can then go back to your normal grip later and work on bowling your away or in-swing.

This is also used to rough the ball up for reverse swing.

6. Tape Ball Swing.
Try taping up one half of a tennis ball to practice playing with the swing in the nets, this is how many of the great Pakistani fast bowlers mastered their arts.Turn the ball around and experiment with it.

Be patient, swing bowling is an art, play with the ball and experiment to find what works for you.



Happy Fast Bowling, Coach


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Aug 23, 2014
How to swing NEW
by: Faisal Fabian

Sir, i don't know that a bowl is how to swing... But i always produce out swing with new bowl without skills...
Please coach me...

Aug 12, 2014
New ball control NEW
by: Kashif Afridi

hi sir i am a 16 year guy and also a member of Multan U-17 team.I am a fast baller but i am not having control on new ball whereas i can ball much better with old ball and can control it as i want to but with new ball same thing doesn't happens it goes on its own due to which i ball couple of wide's in one over.......so what should i try to improve this

Aug 11, 2014
IN SWING NEW
by: AAFAQ

SIR I AM 14 YEAR OLD FAST BOWLER I PLAY CRICKET IN PAK UNDER 15.MY FAST BOWLING IS REALLY GOOD BUT I DONT KNOW ABOUT ING SWING PLZZZ HELP ME AND THEN I'LL GO TO PAKISTAN UNDER 19 AND THEN NATION TEAM


Aug 02, 2014
pace NEW
by: chetan

I am a fast bowler, I really bowl wuick bit sometimes I looses my pace why...?? Plz help

Jul 27, 2014
bowling NEW
by: hamza gee

hy sir i am not able to ball a yorker plz give me a tip

Jul 26, 2014
Can swing it both ways NEW
by: Anonymous

I am very greatful to u sir but know my coach have taught me how to swing the ball with straight seam I am 13 years of age

Jul 26, 2014
new ball NEW
by: ali

in the pic above.. is dale gripping outswing or the inswing with tht new ball...
cause i cant inswing with new ball...

Jul 23, 2014
Bowling NEW
by: Ali murtaza

HELLO SIR IAM 15 years old IAM a fast bowler Ii don't know how to swing a ball can to give me easy tips to swing a ball. I am very thankful to you

Jul 23, 2014
Bowling NEW
by: Ali murtaza

HELLO SIR IAM 15 years old IAM a fast bowler Ii don't know how to swing a ball can to give me easy tips to swing a ball. I am very thankful to you

Jul 17, 2014
Swing both sides NEW
by: Anonymous

Sir,
I'm am 15 now. I have a natural out swing bowling action and I have a lot of pace too. I try to practice in swing but it doesn't seem to work. Is thee a problem with my action, pace or something else?

Jun 14, 2014
swing NEW
by: faris

hi sir,
my name is faris and im twelve years old and i am having problem in swing the ball i bowl pretty fast but it is easy playing my bowling without swing please tell me how to out swing or in swing

Jun 13, 2014
how toswing a ball NEW
by: kashif

Hy sir;
i have good bowlivg action , pace and line but i am not able to swing the ball

Jun 05, 2014
fast bowling NEW
by: Tejus chaware

hello sir,,,,, i am 15 year old fast baller my problem is my balling speed is not so fast so i want to know how can i get more speed and pace on my bowling

May 22, 2014
Shakir NEW
by: Anonymous

hi sir!
I am 15 years old.I play with tape ball daily .Sir tell me what should my pace. please write in kph.
Thank you.

May 15, 2014
want tips for swing
by: vikas

sir,
I can bowl line and length with a very gud pace bt unable to bowl swing ball with old balls I meant 20-30 overs old ball plz givee me some tips
thnq

May 13, 2014
bowling Action
by: Shivam

hi Sir

My problem is my bowling action bcz most of bowl white so please tips for fast bowler action.

May 08, 2014
asking to star
by: pankaj

sir, my problem is simple,the problem is that i always bowl in full length, i tried so much good length,,,,,, and cross seam

Apr 11, 2014
shahroz iqbal
by: Anonymous

hi sir mai four years se boling kr rha hu mgr mai dale styne sir ko gouge kr rha hu mai dale styne kop three ears se copy krne ki koshish k rha hu mgr mai onka acion to jan gya hu mgr inswing nd out swing nhi ho rhi maine bri kosish ki hai kbi kbi esa hota hai k mai jb bowl krwata hu to kud ba kud inswing ya out wing ho jati hai plzzzzzzzzzzzzz mje is k bare me btaye k kya krna chahiye p
lzzzz

Apr 05, 2014
XXX
by: waleed

hlw sir i,am left arm fast bowler and didn't know to how to control the out swing

Apr 04, 2014
sb tripura cricket association under-16
by: sreemon bhaumik

hello sir i am 15 years old and i am bowling from 7 years.sir it became my habit to cock the wrist in while releasing the bowl,as a result the bowl always swings in,therefore i can't bowl outswing.sir please help me of this problem.

Apr 03, 2014
line length prblem
by: rohan

Sir i use bowl the bal with speed but sir bcoz of it my line and lengt miss and i give too mvh run.

Mar 18, 2014
given solution to the problem
by: Anonymous

hellow sir
i just want to ask when ever i bowled more than 2 over maximun i started tired and pain in my body
i just want to say that can u tell me the soluton of this problem

Feb 21, 2014
line and lenght
by: xxx

heelo sir.
sir my problem is that I can't bowl in the line and length I want to bowl in so most of the time by bowl goes wide plzz help me out as soon as possible

Feb 04, 2014
reverse swing with a tape ball
by: zia haidari

how can we create reverse swing with a tape ball on a street?does it depend on a weather also?

Jan 25, 2014
How to bowl quick with a Tape ball
by: wAk*

Hello Sir, I am a 19 year old fast bowler, I love to bowl quick yorkers, When I was 17-18 I was bowling at a decent pace but Nowadays I Can't, I want to bowl as quick as I can, Give Me some Useful Tips on How to bowl quick with a Tape ball?

Dec 30, 2013
swing
by: azadvirsambhi

global sir I wana ask that I can swing the ball but not so perfectly sometimes it swings and sometime it doesn't tell me how to control this

Dec 06, 2013
Hello! Sir how are you? Sir mera problem hai k mujh sy pace nai nikali jati please btaye k pace kaisy nikalo
by: Jahanger

Sir mera prblem hai mujh sy pace nai nikali jati

Hi Jahangar, you must write in English please, get an adult or english speaker to translate for you.

Thanks Coach

Dec 05, 2013
Tennis ball - Pace bowler
by: Muhammed Sajid

Sir I just want to know how to create swing with a tennis ball in cricket without tape rolling?
is it natural swing possible with it or need to try new grips to swing it?

Hi Muhammed, practice with the tape ball, it allows you to learn how to swing it both ways and adjust your line.

You can use a basic grip for this, thumb underneath and first and second fingers on top of the seam.

Best wishes Coach

Nov 28, 2013
Fast bowling wrist position
by: Anonymous

sir whenever i bowl, my wrist falls off like a leg cutter. i am not able to control this and,because of this, my speed has dropped and i am also not able to swing the ball. i am a fast bowler so pls help me out.

Hi, this is a common fault for young bowlers, I want you to take a cricket ball and stand in front of a mirror or pane of galss so you can see your reflection in it.

I want you to shadow bowl, that means to go through your bowling action without letting go of the ball.

Now shadow bowl, keeping your action the same as in match time, now focus on keeping the seam upright and straight all the way through your action.

As the bowling hand gets to the top of your action check to make sure the seam is straight and as you pull down, watch carefully and again, make sure that the seam stays upright and straight all the way through your action.

This way your brain and body will learn to keep your wrist and fingers behind the seam.

Repeat this on a daily basis until you have made it automatic.

Best wishes Coach

Nov 20, 2013
swings
by: tirtho

Hi sir i am 14 years boy i practice cricket. i want 3 swinging grip in and out ,and for the speed of the ball please guide me. i want in, out, revers swings.when i realease the ball in cutter grip the ball travels in a bad line , when it goes in good line the ball does not cut. please tell me the grips of cutter and swings individualy. sir please. guide me.

Sep 21, 2013
Cricket fast bowling - reverse swing and normal swing
by: mihir

Hi sir i am mihir i am 13 years old, some times my ball swings alot in both directions, but some times it doesn't. Some tims it reverse swing, some times doesn't, please tell me some grips for swinging and leg cutter and off cutter.

Hi Mihir, if you are playing tape ball cricket then the ball will swing either way just by turning the ball around, you don't need to worry about grip , just the side the tape is on will make the ball swing.

At your age, focus on being able to control where you want the ball to go, if you do this you will be able to control where the batter looks to score. It is the first part of being able to bowl to a plan.

Again don't worry about lots of grips and trying to do too much with the ball. Concentrate on bowling quick with control, using the tape ball will allow you to master swing with a basic grip.

best wishes Coach

Sep 08, 2013
tell me the answer
by: Sachin Suthar

please, .. tell me the answer of my question sir.. what you say about my question?

Hi Sachin, you will find all the answers to your questions on the cricket tips pages. I mention on the Ask Coach page that I am currently busy making video resources for the website which I will be launching soon, This is currently taking up my time. Check out the cricket bowling tips and you will find the answer there.

kind regards Coach

Aug 24, 2013
Fast bowl
by: Saleh Imtiaz

Sir,I'm 15.I want to know,how to keep bowling good line and length with tape tennis ball? and how to bowl inswing and outswing with tape tennis bowl?

Jul 12, 2013
pace bowling
by: sachin suthar

hi , sir , i am a 15 years old boy and we only play cricket with nivia tennis ball on cemented pitch , my bowling speed is not so fast , i just want to know how can i get more speed or pace to my bowling?

Jul 06, 2013
swing bowling
by: sankalp singh

Hello Sir, I'm a 10 years old boy, when I bowl I want it to go straight, please help me.

HI Sankalp, go to the cricket bowling tips pages and look through the help there, there is plenty of help for you to work on your bowling accuracy.

regards Coach

Jun 29, 2013
It's really effective
by: Srivathsa k kumar

Hello sir, I am a medium fast bowler, I was not able to take wickets because of the swing of the ball, the ball misses the edge of the bat or else the ball goes wide. For this reason i was not able to take one wicket in this season. through these tips i got control of the ball. I hope that i will get wickets next season.

Hi Srivatar, thanks for the comment, if you are beating the bat repeatedly, bowl from a little wider in the crease, this will help to hit the edge. Bowl at off stump to challenge the batter to play.

best wishes Coach

Apr 30, 2013
swing
by: Akshay

Hi, first of all thanks for the teachings. I've tried these types and i get the oppsite swing from these angles and sometimes it swings as tell above. Thank You

Apr 05, 2013
Swing
by: Poorav

Hi sir my name is poorav vyas i can't some times i swing the ball i can't swing the ball

Go to the cricket bowling tips page and have a look at the tips on bowling swing.

Best wishes Coach

Mar 10, 2012
Thanks
by: Abhimanyu

Sir ,
A very great thanks from the bottom of my heart I will practice it as you have told.

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