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The skills and techniques required for an opening bowler in Cricket is the knowledge of the essential rules of the sport.

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Analysing Performance Summer Specification: Candidate Name: Centre Name: Centre Number: Candidate Number: Observation of a player/competitor/participant or self -analysis in a practice/game/activity situation. Activity: Cricket Name of Player/Competitor/Participant Role/Position: Pace Opening Bowler Identify the important skills/techniques needed for a participant in his/her position/role. The skills and techniques required for an opening bowler in Cricket is the knowledge of the essential rules of the sport. For example, the bowling and fielding rules are compulsory. The bowling run up and action has to be legal and suitable for the umpire. For example, for any type of bowler it is illegal to throw the ball when bowling. This can be detected by the elbow rotation. If the elbow rotates more than 45 degrees it is classed as an illegal bowl. Also which is more specific to the opening bowlers knowledge of cricket is the numerous types of bowling, such as straight bowling, swing (both in, out and reverse), slower ball, full toss, yorker and the bouncer. All these types of bowling are restricted by rules. For example, a straight bowl has to be a certain width from the wickets. If it is well off target the in is classed as a wide ball. A wide ball is given always when the ball goes down the leg-side of the batsmen. This gives runs to the opposition as an extra. There is few more ways to get extras from the opposition. Such as, a no ball, dead ball, bye and leg-byes. A no ball is when the bowler over steps the bowling crease. This equals to the bowler bowling an extra ball with the one extra run. Another ball has to be balled for any type of extra, except for bye and leg-bye. Bye and leg-byes are runs not from the bat. The legal and illegal actions on the field and off the field are closely watched by the games umpires and referees (3rd Umpire), but also need an eye on by yourself. ...read more.

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The thick red line and length, is a perfect line for a right hand batsmen. The dot is the perfect pitch of the ball and the thin red line should follow the direction of the ball after pitched; as it seems outwards. This is weeks 3 results; I have bowled 3 over's (18 balls) and achieved these results. As you can see, I am pitching the ball more around about in the correct area/circle. You can also see that at least 27% (5 out of 18) of my deliveries are over pitched or even prove to be a full toss. This can prove to be easy runs for the batsmen. Also, from the results you can see that 22% (4 out of 18) of my deliveries were either short or wide of length. The black cross shows that that was my best ball, the ball which troubled the batsmen the most and was closest to the perfect line and length. As an overall evaluation, on average I bowled a better ball. This is due to working on techniques for an opening bowler through the past 3 weeks. Week 4 - In week 4 I am going to be concentrating my training on the release of the ball. This area of the routine can be varied and altered in different ways. This can be beneficial to the bowler because it may fool the batsmen to play an s hot incorrectly. Also this part of the routine needs to be performed correctly or otherwise there is a likelihood of injury to the back. The way in which I am going to train the release of the ball is again similar to the coil and the load. Doing this as a sequence works much more efficiently and effectively and therefore leads to better outcome. Release 7/10 The release is one of the causes of back trouble. When landing from the coil going into release I can fall out putting strain on the lower back. ...read more.

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Also during I aimed to increase my muscular endurance and overall fitness. I felt that this principle of fitness is the most likely to help me in my sport; cricket. In cricket, you do need strength or flexibility as a bowler. Speed does help but only in the aspect of the run up in bowling. Throughout the whole six week programme, I have linked in every week's evaluation to 'Sport'. Commenting about, how specific my training sessions are and how specific it is to the sport/activity that I have chosen. I think that choosing various techniques of the bowling is specific to cricket because being an opening bowler, you need to conserve some energy to field but more likely to bowl another spell later on in the innings. So, I would need to spare some energy and determination if I would need to bowl a 2nd spell. This is very important in a game because the 2nd spell is very likely to be at the end of the game, which means it is vital for you not to give away any free runs away. This can be prevented by bowling an accurate line and length. Therefore, at the end of the game I hope I won't be as tired careless to give any freebies away. This is what I have worked on over the six weeks and consequently, making it specific. I have progressed perfectly well over the 6 weeks by each week making the resistance harder to test my self. Progression is vital during Personal exercise program because if there was no progression then I would be in the same position as I was from the start which is obviously no good. I've progressed through my bowling action step by step for a more efficient and beneficial training. Successfully, there was no reversibility during the weeks. I did not need to practice again over my step by step training, however I did not finish the week perfecting the technique. There were no other problems that occurred over the six weeks of training. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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