BBL 2020-21 – Action tweak the key to Andrew Tye’s new found speed


“It was a bit challenging…felt like I was bowling three or four different balls at times”

Perth Scorchers quick Andrew Tye credits Western Australia and Scorchers bowling Matt Mason as the architect behind an action change that has helped him a yard of pace this season.

Tye, 34, has raised eyebrows as the speed gun has regularly clocked 140kph-plus during his spells for Australia in the T20I series against India and he has even broken the 150kph-mark during the BBL for Scorchers.

Despite losing his domestic contract with Western Australia last summer, Tye was given the opportunity to train with their squad last winter as he prepared for Australia’s limited-overs tour of England and the IPL.

It allowed Tye to work one-on-one with Mason, who has been a key figure in helping Cameron Green and Jason Behrendorff remodel their actions to avoid further back problems.

With Tye, who was coming off elbow surgery last year, Mason challenged him to find an extra yard of pace through a tweak to his load up to create a wider and faster arm arc that would make his stock ball quicker and his well-known slower balls more effective.

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