All players are different and you probably need to find your own way to deal with them, though I completely agree that working the ball for singles, getting well forward and fully back are essential.
Once you are comfortable judging the length early and making a decision where to go, I find it key to disrupt an offspinner as early as possible. I have found that if the ball is full enough to dead bat with a straight bat then I can probably go back over the bowlers head and if it is fractionally shorter (but still a front foot shot) then I will look to sweep (either lap or slog sweep).
I find that every defensive shot to a ball that isnt perfect is an opportunity wasted. Offspinners are there for the taking as long as a) you dont do anything stupid b) the pitch isnt turning square and c) you dont allow them to dominate you early.
It doesnt mean that every dot ball is a failing (as you can hit fielders, a great ball can be bowled) but you must look to make the offspinners margin for error as small as possible. Do not allow him to develop a rhythm
It may be a dated adage but I still dont like cutting the offspinner. It is a tough shot to execute and you can easily get cramped for room.
Offspinners can deadly in their own environment so you shouldnt fight them on their terms. Dictating terms to an offspinner (not allowing them to settle, breaking up their length, being aggressive in your comfort areas) is the key to success. Sure they may occasionally get you out but in the long term this is, IMO, how to treat them.
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