The three best parts of Dan Lawrence’s bowling action in escalating order of greatness

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Every bowler has their own bowling action, but Dan Lawrence’s is more obviously his own than most. These are the three best moments in it.

(3) The flail-and-drag

Not wishing the batter to be under any illusions that he might be about to see a normal bowling action, Lawrence commences his run-up by unnecessarily throwing one arm behind him.

This sideways golden eagle wing flap then segues into him dragging the ball towards the crease as if it’s very reluctant to be bowled.

Given the dizzying nature of what follows, perhaps it is.

(2) The groinal jab

The flail-and-drag is only the third-best part of Dan Lawrence’s bowling action. Next, he goes into what we quite-possibly-incorrectly believe is called “the gather”.

Maybe it’s not called the gather. It doesn’t really matter. It’s the bit where the ball’s up and about to go back as he gets into his delivery stride. If you look at the image above, it’s easy to visualise what should happen next.

But wait!

Suddenly – and quite unexpectedly given there doesn’t really seem to be enough time to squeeze in superfluous extra movements – Lawrence shoves the ball down towards his nuts. His knock-kneed leg position implies there may be a slight grazing when he executes this element.

This groinal-jab is the second-best part of Dan Lawrence’s bowling action.

After that the ball goes back up, ready to definitely, definitely, immediately be bowled in entirely normal fashion.

(1) The armpit flap

Ha ha ha. Just kidding. Of course there’s time for more madness.

As Lawrence leaps to deliver the ball – with the deadline for getting it into position for the whole whirly-round actually-bowling-the-thing bit drawing ever nearer – he flaps the ball down into his own armpit for a nanosecond.

It’s hard to express how fast and needless this bit is. The ball’s already been up and down and up again and it now needs to be alongside his left hand – exactly where it just was – so that it can be bowled.

It’s a proper little detour.

Because of how unnecessary it is and because there’s no time for it and because it really should derail everything completely but somehow doesn’t, the armpit flap is the best part of Dan Lawrence’s bowling action.

It’s all a lot less interesting after that. Just bowling the ball and cricket and whatnot.

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  1. The groinal-jab is purposeful – he injects the ball with testosterone. The ball stays up but cannot be hit.

  2. To date, Dan Lawrence has delivered test match bowling of the highest order. His test bowling average as of this particular moment (close of play 17 March 2022) is 21.5.

    My fear is that KC’s deconstruction of Dan Lawrence’s bowling action, amusing…

    …even laugh out loud funny in parts…

    …as it was, might have an adverse effect on Mr Lawrence’s future bowling performances.

    Whose side are you on, KC?

  3. When put in the context of Dan Lawrence slightly resembling a young Stephen Mangan, his action looks increasingly like it might have been adapted from Guyball from ‘Green Wing’. Especially if you imagine that when he raises his arms above his head between the groinal jab and the armpit flap, he’s just adjusting his top-miler to ensure stickles are orthodox.

  4. He’s got a wicket! That wouldn’t have happened without the armpit-flap. Blackwood might have been concentrating properly otherwise.

  5. I was going to google Mr Lawrence to see his bowling action in action, as it were, but then realised that, by scrolling quickly through the screen grabs above, top to bottom, much the same effect is achieved.

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