RUN UP

The Run Up helps you gain momentum and direction ahead of your fast bowling action. It is the first part of your bowling technique that can impact how fast and straight you can bowl in practice and cricket matches. 

 

Glenn McGrath during his run up (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Rae Allen

WHY IS A GOOD RUN UP IMPORTANT?

 

The Run-Up sets the tone for how you want to bowl. To help you bowl faster and straighter, you will need a fast Run-Up that is directed towards your target. Research has shown that faster run ups are linked to faster bowling speeds, so it is worth spending time to get yours right. 

James Anderson running in to bowl (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Nic Readhead

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The length and speed of a Run Up will vary from person to person, but if you look at how fast Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee used to run up, it is not surprising that they were two of cricket's fastest bowlers of all time.

HOW DO YOU RUN UP PROPERLY?

 

​A good Run Up:

  • Drives in a straight line towards your target using good running technique

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