Clunes Jake Parkinson (pictured) put in a good effort against Workers in the Under 14 division last week, so we thought wed run his action past Far North Coast coaching supremo, John McMahon, just to give the young man a few pointers and save his back any unnecessary troubles later on.
Jakes left shoulder, left hip and his left leg should all be facing down the wicket for a normal side on delivery and they should work in unison, John said. In Jakes case it appears that he has opened up far too early in his action and his right hip is facing at right angles to the batsman. This mixed action, I believe, is likely to cause back problems and I suggest the bowler receives expert advice on how to improve his action.
Of course if you look at bowling actions throughout the local Hooker League you will find plenty of mixed actions, and if you ask amongst the veteran players you will find a host of back problems as well. It is a serious issue, and many of the best players in the country, like Shane Watson and Brett Lee, have had actions reworked because of impact fractures. Jake isnt the only young gun who needs a bit of advice, either, so if you want to bowl fast and think youre action might need some work, phone John on 6621 6903 and organise some coaching.