Jade Dernbach exclusive: The secrets of swing bowling

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Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Jade Dernbach has revealed that wrist position is his secret to the art of reverse-swing bowling. 

“For me, wrist position is very important when it comes to swing bowling," said the 28-year-old.

"You can be in a number of different positions, whether it be chest-on or side-on, the important thing is how strong you keep your wrist and how much of your wrist you get behind the ball. That essentially equates to how much you are going to swing it.

"For me, swinging it away, I want to get that wrist really locked behind it, put everything behind it, put the backspin on it which enables it to swing away as much as it does.

"When you are doing it the other way for in-swing, you want to do exactly the same thing, apart from changing (the side of ball) and then your wrist angle."

Dernbach, who has represented England 58 times in the shorter formats of the game, has made a name for himself by being able to exploit late swing at high speed, which he puts down to practice, allowing himself to never be surprised with what the ball is doing.

"It’s something that every bowler should practice with so that if it does happen in a game it’s not foreign and new to you," he said. "I practice a lot with a reverse swinging ball so I know that when it happens in a game I can execute that skill the best I can.

"The very best bowlers in the world won’t change a lot with their bowling technique because they don’t want to give too much away to the batsman, it’s little adjustments in the wrist and that just takes practice."

However, Dernbach believes that the key to successfully use reverse swing hinges on the maintenance of the ball.

"It’s a great tool to have but it can also be hard to control and also it might not stay around for too long because it is all about the maintenance of the ball. 

He added: "You want to keep the ball as dry as possible and essentially have one bloke looking after it. Then you know that it is getting looked after and you’re going to have the most opportunity to use that reverse swing."

Dernbach will be looking to execute these techniques over the summer months as he bids to earn a recall to the England side. The seamer was left out of the squad for the current one-day series with Sri Lanka as a result of England's performances at the T20 World Cup.

He remains optimistic, however, that his omission will only be a temporary one, and still harbours ambitions to represent his country in Test cricket. Being out of the England set-up does, then, provide Dernbach with the chance to highlight his credentials with the red ball by taking wickets for Surrey in the four-day game.

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