#65 - How can I swing the ball in and out?

QUESTION

How can I swing the ball in and out?


ANSWER

Hey,

Swing is an interesting topic. Generally, a good wrist position will enable you to maintain a good seam. A good seam will enable the ball to swing. There’s an argument that overhead conditions help the ball swing and I’ve also heard an argument that overhead conditions have nothing to do with swing.

Bowlers tend to have a natural swing; whether it be in or out. My opinion is that this comes down to angles. For example, if you come from slightly wider in the crease and angle your wrist down the leg side, it’s going to be hard to swing the ball away. These small degrees in angular change are (in my opinion) what allows great bowlers like Jimmy Anderson to manipulate swing in whichever way they want.

I don’t have to tell you how much knowledge, skill and understanding of your body you need to have to be able to do this – but it all comes down to practicing and staying consistent. Work on your wrist position and body angles in the crease and see how it affects your swing!

In a recent podcast we published with left-arm fast bowler, Tom Barber from Middlesex CCC, he told us how alignment and getting side on helped him swing the ball back into the right-handed batsman.

We will definitely be speaking to some of our guests about swing so stay tuned for our posts and podcasts!

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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