What is spin bowling?

If you spin a ball when bowling, it grips the pitch on landing and rather than continuing in a straight line, it bounces slightly to the left or right, depending on which way you've spun it. The aim is to make the batsman miss or edge the ball.

Spin bowlers tend to bowl slowly as the ball will tend to move with the spin more when it lands.

The role of the spin bowler in English cricket is to take two wickets in an over and then get taken off because they also bowled a wide. English people don't get spin. It frightens them.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Mahinda said...

You forget the archetypical English mystery spinner, whose prime delivery is the extra-devious one that goes straight on.

See Spain, King of.

12:39 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Also 'the arm ball' and 'the quicker one'.

Extensive video analysis by a panel of experts sometimes allows identification of these deliveries.

1:36 pm  
Blogger Suave said...

You should also add darts. As in, "he's spearing in some quicker darts", during pyjama day quacket.

Also, Spin Bowling, how Suave Esq. gets out every sunday. Damn no mystery spinners, with their wiley no pace, no spin, deliveries

5:17 pm  

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