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edynamo:
Is the take off point consistent?  Have you filmed his run up from the side?

Jaffa:
Where is he looking?

I can deliver the occasional good ball but I notice sometimes I'm not focusing and not looking where I want the ball to land.

This varies of course if the batter is front, back or both type of player, but if I'm not looking where I want to (try and) put it, I haven't got a chance.

nivaga:
Your description is exactly like somebody I knew.  Swung between sizzling hot and stone cold as an opening bowler.  Days of 5-vers and hatricks at critical moments followed by days where he would go for 40 runs in his 1st 2 overs (with many extras).  Two things I noticed.

1. He always bowled better when bowling 2nd and especially when there weren't many runs on the board i.e. more focused on needing to bowl well.  (And warmer than 1st thing in the morning?)

2. You could always tell in the 1st over if it was a good or bad day.  If he had a bad 1st over he never bowled a good one after that.  After a while it became clear that giving him another over to 'show faith' or 'because it could only get better' seldom worked.  As soon as over 1 got away from him it just went to his head.  He just seemed to try way too hard as soon as things went wrong ...

Sadly in his case it was clearly all in the head - lack of concentration and temperament.  His batting was similar ... would bat 7 and oscillate between single figures and 50+ scores.  If your head is not right then no matter how much technique you drill you just aint going to do well at cricket.  Never did get it resolved.  Eventually became a batting all-rounder who occasionally got thrown the ball at a safe stage of a game to 'see' if it was his day.

KettonJake:

--- Quote from: nivaga on June 07, 2021, 02:11:26 PM ---Your description is exactly like somebody I knew.  Swung between sizzling hot and stone cold as an opening bowler.  Days of 5-vers and hatricks at critical moments followed by days where he would go for 40 runs in his 1st 2 overs (with many extras).  Two things I noticed.

1. He always bowled better when bowling 2nd and especially when there weren't many runs on the board i.e. more focused on needing to bowl well.  (And warmer than 1st thing in the morning?)

2. You could always tell in the 1st over if it was a good or bad day.  If he had a bad 1st over he never bowled a good one after that.  After a while it became clear that giving him another over to 'show faith' or 'because it could only get better' seldom worked.  As soon as over 1 got away from him it just went to his head.  He just seemed to try way too hard as soon as things went wrong ...

Sadly in his case it was clearly all in the head - lack of concentration and temperament.  His batting was similar ... would bat 7 and oscillate between single figures and 50+ scores.  If your head is not right then no matter how much technique you drill you just aint going to do well at cricket.  Never did get it resolved.  Eventually became a batting all-rounder who occasionally got thrown the ball at a safe stage of a game to 'see' if it was his day.

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I'm quite sure this must be the same person based on your description! So frustrating.

KettonJake:

--- Quote from: edynamo on June 07, 2021, 11:39:48 AM ---Is the take off point consistent?  Have you filmed his run up from the side?

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It is when i stand barking at him virtually step by step through his run up.
As soon as he's left to his own devices in a game situation it can go very inconsistent.

Concentration of a goldfish.

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