How does a fast bowler prepare before a match?
This is a great question.
The first thing you want to make sure you do is wake up fresh and well rested – so get a good night’s sleep the night before.
On the morning of a match, it’s all about staying relaxed and focused on the game ahead. Tino Best told us that the most important thing before a game is knowing, “what you want to do”. So, assess the pitch and the conditions and have a clear game plan about how you’re going to bowl.
From a physical standpoint, you want to make sure that you arrive nice and early at the ground (30mins before your teammates) and warm up thoroughly. We’ve spoken to a lot of bowlers about rhythm and they’ve all said that rhythm is such an unpredictable part of fast bowling but what you can do to ‘improve’ your chances of performing is having a warm-up process that you follow before the game.
Australian speedster, Aaron Summers, has an extensive warm-up bowling routine which includes different weighted balls (please look out for that podcast in the future).
West Indian fast bowler, Tino Best, told us that he likes to make sure his glutes and hamstrings are well stretched so he can minimise the chances of a tight back.
So, my advice to you is to understand what process works best for you; whatever enables you to be firing from ball 1. All you then have to do is follow that process religiously before games. Remember, like all sports, you will have good days and bad days so don’t get too beat up if you have a bad day – it’s part of the game!
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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