'Weather conditions are decisive and helps ball to swing', says Langeveldt
July 11, 2012: Playing cricket in English conditions always help bowlers to swing the ball and weather conditions are match decisive, says former Proteas bowler Charl Langeveldt in an interview to Betway. The weather forecast in England remains in favor of bowlers most of the time as ground is covered with clouds and breeze support bowlers to swing the ball comfortably.
As the sun is out in the sky, it becomes difficult for the bowler to swing the ball. Windy conditions are helpful in England even to get match results. Former African bowler played for Somerset, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Kent in the County Championship. So he knows exactly what happens in English conditions.
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“I found it a lot harder when the sun was out. Especially down south at venues such as the Ageas Bowl. For some reason, it was hard to swing the ball there when overhead conditions weren’t favouring the bowler. Overhead conditions do help the ball to swing a lot more in England,” Charl Langeveldt said in a statement to betway.
England’s swing master James Anderson is having a perfect wrist to get the ball swing and Langeveldt admires him to get success in English conditions.
“I use Anderson a lot because he’s got the perfect wrist. He bowls it out and in. You don’t want to change bowlers’ styles too much, but I think getting the wrist in a strong position is really important,” he added.
Langeveldt also took example of young Proteas pace bowler Kagiso Rabada who is known for speed instead of swing bowling. Hence former African bowler suggests him to learn from Jimmy Anderson to get success with the swing bowling when tours to England or playing in swinging conditions.
“If you look at a guy like Kagiso Rabada, he was more of a seam bowler when he came onto the scene, and he worked on getting the seam position and wrist in a stronger position to be able to swing the ball more. Then there’s Anrich Nortje, who bowls 140-145kph but needs a bit more variety. Anderson is a great example to these guys.”