Wrist Spin Bowling

From the beginnig of cricket, bowling has since being the most skillful 
and difficult of cricket skills to acquire. It is a technique by which a person 
(bowler) runs up to the wickets and throws the ball to the batsman, 
with a full arm, trying to hit the wicket to get the batsman out. 
There are many types of bowlers, from fast to slow, spin to swing. 
Spinners are slow bowlers who manage to get the ball to change 
direction when hitting the ground. Swingers are those bowlers 
who manage to get the ball to move away or towards a batsman. 
Good bowlers can be terribly confusing because of the
way they have perfected their bowling.

The Leg Spinner
The grip is two fingers up and two down, with the split 
between the second and third fingers, 
which are spread across the seam. 
The thumb rests on the ball and does not do anything. 
Shane says his grip is a little unusual because his first 
two fingers are closer than most leg-spinners.

The delivery - The spin on the ball is roughly 30 degrees 
so that the ball both spins sideways and dips with the overspin. 
Closest variation is the top-spinner, where the seam points to the
wicketkeeper and the ball over-spins straight down the pitch.

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Wrist Spin Bowling
The Flipper
The grip - The fingers are brought further forward on the ball 
and the thumb plays a part.  Shane says his grip is not too 
tight as this can stop the ball fizzing out of his hand.

The delivery - The trick is to not bowl it too fast. 
When he stays relaxed and squeezes the ball out through 
fingers and thumb (an instant after the centre picture), 
the underspin makes the ball slice through the air more quickly.

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Wrist Spin Bowling
The Wrong 'Un
The grip - Same as the leg-spinner.

The delivery - The front shoulder has to drop a little to 
allow the wrist to come right over the top and the ball to come 
out with the opposite spin on it - off-spin rather than leg-spin. 
At the last moment you have to flick the ball out of 
the off-spin way with your fingers.

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Wrist Spin Bowling
 The Zooter
The grip - The ball is held much further back in the 
palm of the hand, which holds the ball back as you let it go.

The delivery - The ball is pushed out the front of the 
hand, from the palm, and either floats or skids through the air,
maybe swinging in a little. 
The seam is straight up and down and the zooter does not spin.
And a couple of illustrations of:

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the inswing the outswing
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Pace Bowling - The Outswinger with Dennis Lillee
Tip for pace and rhythm

'If you are struggling to find a regular rhythm, try this exercise: 
to into an empty field with no obstacles nearby and from a marked point, 
do a full run-up with your eyes closed. Imagine you are an old steam 
engine looking to build momentum. Walk two or thre paces, 
start to jog and gradually build up to about three quarter speed, 
thinking of the sound and action of a steam train as you are running. 
I have used this method many many times, 
and it still works wonders in bringing out smoothness.' (1955)

'Befire you bowl your first ball, you must be mentally as well as physically set up. 
Making batsmen play is all important. 
If you bowl it at or just o
utside off stump, there is a genuine chance that he'll nick it, 
given that he's so keen to feel bat on ball.'

The outswinger delivered at pace is one of the most powerful deliveries. 
It swerves in the air from middle to off, begging for catches for the wicketkeeper or the slips.

Hold the ball well out of the palmwith the seam running vertically. 
At the point of delivery, the seam points towards first slip. 
The wrist is cocked and whipped through, with a powerful follow-up. 
The arm finishes well outside the body in the direction of mid-off.


The Grip:

The grip will vary according to the type of bowler, 
but the broad principle is that the ball should be held 
in the fingers and not in the hand. 
There is no hard and fast rule about bowling frips and it is up
to the bowler to find out what suits him best, 
but most swing bowlers will point the seam of the 
ball in the direction that they want it to swing to.


   1.  Efficiency. Your body is as efficient as you make it. If you are stressed out by work/school and sit on the sofa in the evenings eating crisps you end up tired, overweight and hunched over. If you train regularly, activate your cricket playing muscles and feel relaxed about things you become an efficient athlete.

   2. Time. There is never enough time unless we make some. Practice and train more than you play because it has a direct pay off on the pitch. Even hopelessly busy lives can find time for a couple of bodyweight training sessions a week or turning up an hour earlier on match day to get warmed up.

3. Capacity. Cricket is not an endurance sport. It's a power based game that lasts a long time. The difference is between endurance and work capacity. With the latter you are able to recover between spells and overs more quickly rather than just being able to jog miles. You train cricket specific work capacity with interval running.

   4. Balance. Commentators often talk about bowlers having a balanced approach and action. Being able to balance in a dynamic situation (running, throwing, catching, batting) transfers directly to bowling performance. The better your dynamic balance the better your technique and that means faster and more accurate bowling. Bowling is the best way to gain balance, but you should also include plenty of single leg training, bodyweight training and balance drills in your workouts and training sessions.

   5. Specificity. Everyone agrees that training for cricket means playing cricket. Where there is controversy is how specific the rest of your training should be. Running, for example, has more crossover to cricket than swimming. The rule of thumb is this: you are specific enough if your training is in 3D, standing up and based on speed, power and strength.

   6. Planning. There are a lot of factors that go into improving your bowling: speed, strength, power, technique, experience and the rest. That's why it's important to have a plan that you stick to throughout the year so you are doing the right training at the right time. Know your season, know your own strengths and plan around them. You also need to have regular checks to ensure your plan is moving you towards your aims.

   7. Progression. Whatever you are working on you need to progress. That may mean more weight, faster sprint times or longer interval workout but you should always look to improve your fitness until you are the best you can be. The result of your work will be less injuries and a better performance.


The ffg. are ball lengths which bowlers bowl at:

The term applied to a ball which pitches on the ground exactly at the bottom of the bat.
Gives the batsman ample time to see any break which spin may impart to the ball and control his shot.
The ball lands on the bat without first touching the ground.
Is pitched in such a position that it will strike the bat immediately after it begins to bounce.
This ball doesn't allow the batsman to play either forward or back with any certainty
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