Run-up (cricket)

In cricket, a run-up is the approach a bowler makes when preparing to deliver the ball.[1] The ball must be delivered from behind a bowling crease, but preparation to bowl the ball can be done any way the bowler wishes. Every different bowler approaches the wicket in a personal way, and so there can be many and varied "run-ups".

A photo montage showing the final stage of the run-up of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson

However, as a general rule the different types of bowlers use similar approaches to each other. For example, Spin bowlers tend to have very short run-ups, some even approach the bowling crease at a walking pace. Medium bowlers tend to run up off a short run-up of about 10 paces or so. Fast bowlers tend to have long, rhythmical run-ups to allow them to develop momentum which adds to their ability to bowl the ball at high speeds.[2]

The term "run-up" can also refer to the area where the bowler runs during his run-up.[3]


  1. ^ Eastaway, Rob (2003). What is a googly?. Robson Books. p. 136. ISBN 1-86105-629-X.
  2. ^ Eastaway, Rob (2003). What is a googly?. Robson Books. p. 60. ISBN 1-86105-629-X.
  3. ^ "PitchVision - Live Local Matches | Tips & Techniques | Articles & Podcasts". PitchVision - Advance Cricket Technology | Cricket Analytics. Retrieved 2020-09-11.