November 21, 2008

South African cricket

Morkel advice overflow

George Binoy

On Supercricket, Neil Manthorp writes that the number of people offering Morne Morkel advice on how to improve his bowling form is an indication of how important he is to the South African team.

But the problem with the concern (panic?) amongst the wise and not-so-wise onlookers is that Morkel is clearly feeling it, and the tension in his body is palpable. Before any advice can used constructively, he needs to relax. Oh great, yet another piece of useless advice from yet another person who doesn't know what it feels like to bowl a cricket ball at 140 kilometres per hour. Just relax. That's as helpful as telling a struggling batsman to 'time the ball', or a long distance runner to 'breath'. It's not the 'what' which is the problem for Morkel, it's the 'how'.

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