#17 - Why is strength necessary for a bowler? Is it only to prevent injury because bio-mechanically it doesn’t help you increase pace as you can’t muscle the ball?

QUESTION FROM HURAIRA

Why is strength necessary for a bowler? Is it only to prevent injury because bio-mechanically it doesn’t help you increase pace as you can’t muscle the ball? Isn’t proper technique enough?


ANSWER

Hey Huraira,

This is a great question.

Strength is necessary for a bowler for many reasons. The stronger a muscle, the more ability it has. In simple terms, you can think of that ability as a way of absorbing force and producing force. New Zealand fast bowler, Lockie Ferguson, told us that ever since he started gym training, he noticed far fewer niggles than before (that podcast will be available soon).

Middlesex fast bowler, Tom Barber, told us that gym training helped him maintain his pace during the playing season (that podcast will be available in the coming weeks).

You’re quite right in that proper technique is extremely important, but don’t rule out the impact of strength and conditioning. Bio-mechanics and technique allow you to access what your body is capable of.

One aspect of those capabilities is your fitness level.

Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson’s coach, Jock Campbell told us, “the greater strength a muscle has, the greater potential for power gains it has”. This podcast is an absolute must for all fast bowlers and it will be available in the coming months!

Fast bowling mastery is a combination of technique, fitness and confidence!

I hope that helps my friend.

All the best.


Do you want to know how the professionals bowl fast? Listen to our podcasts with international and domestic fast bowlers, technical coaches and fitness trainers.

Pace Journal

Daily Fast Bowling Tips, Motivation & Advice Exclusively From Professional Cricketers, Technical Coaches & Fitness Trainers #GetWithThePace