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    Play it on length, don't worry about much else imo. Leg spinners are fairly easy to cut away for four if you wait for the right ball.

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    Last night at training I was just getting well forward to most deliveries. Short ones I was attempting to pull or hit straight on the back foot. My pull shot is really dire and I should put it away. My back foot shots are still largely ineffective.

    I had a chinaman bowler and 2 off-spinners, so was unable to practice any cut shots. I only advanced 2 deliveries; one of which I had to go back and adjust with a thirdman glide which was done quite well if I may say so myself. The other one was a great shot over mid off.

    I was reasonably happy. I do need to work on back foot shots very hard and also decreasing the bat/pad gap.

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    Personally I would give away a third man glide of the spinners. Only bring it out if they send in a few quicker balls. It might look awesome in the nets but with a slip in place on match days the amount of times I have seen junior (and senior) players glide it straight to first slip is ridiculous. Just my opinion though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _TiGeR-ToWn_ View Post
    Personally I would give away a third man glide of the spinners. Only bring it out if they send in a few quicker balls. It might look awesome in the nets but with a slip in place on match days the amount of times I have seen junior (and senior) players glide it straight to first slip is ridiculous. Just my opinion though.
    Big risk vs reward, that shot. If there's a slip there, then it can be a fair bit of risk for what could end up being a dot or at best 1 run, especially off a flighted delivery. If he's bowling darts, then there could be a few more in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    I play spin bowling by waiting for the flighted one, lighting my eyes up, swinging massively and then edging it.


    Agree wholeheartedly with people saying to play as much as you can off the back-foot. Only time I've ever hit Casson/Packman convincingly.
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    no decent off spinner will give yuo one wide outside off so forget about the cut shot 99% of the time until he bowls a bad ball.

    I dont think an offspinner is anywhere near as good as a leg spinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond21 View Post
    no decent off spinner will give yuo one wide outside off so forget about the cut shot 99% of the time until he bowls a bad ball.

    I dont think an offspinner is anywhere near as good as a leg spinner.
    Obviously; but I find leg-spinners more predictable. Granted, I am playing a low level of cricket.

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    i usually get my front foot out to the pitch of the delivery and play straight bat shots. not the most confident player against spin, so usually get bogged down and wait for the ball down leg side to put down to fine leg or the odd loose or short bowl outside off.

    but yeah, front foot out to the pitch of the ball to anything full is the way i play. if he's bowling a tad short i'll come out to it and play it with my pad.

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    Generally my first movement is to go slightly across to the off side with my back foot, to both cover spin and open up the body for shorter balls. However it depends on the length of the ball...usually I wait and see.

    Trying to pre-meditate spinners in dangerous, but sometimes can be rewarding if you know what you're doing. I will often pick a few full balls, dance and guide through mid-on. The bowler, thinking he has me workd, pitches it short - whcih I what I expected, back foot and BANG.

    Another one clever bowlers might use is the subtle variation in this scenario - they pitch a shorter, faster one which you open up to and hit away through the leg side. Smarter bowlers will bowl a ball that looks much the same a few balls later, but it in fact tad faster and straighter. Caught at midwicket can often result.
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    If offie is getting bounce, that is a night mare.You have to practice tucking the ball towards midwicket to backward square leg. If you play late, ball will go to back ward square leg, and if played earlt towards mid wicket. Practice it both off back foot and the front foot.That will help you to get off the strike and the other bloke handle it.

    I was a number 8-10 during my playing days, I use "block, block, block, . . . . . , block and slog" method to score off the spinners. I was very good in using my feet so most of the time ball disappeared to the boundry when I decided to hammer it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    i usually get my front foot out to the pitch of the delivery and play straight bat shots. not the most confident player against spin, so usually get bogged down and wait for the ball down leg side to put down to fine leg or the odd loose or short bowl outside off.

    but yeah, front foot out to the pitch of the ball to anything full is the way i play. if he's bowling a tad short i'll come out to it and play it with my pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggy31 View Post
    Play it on length, don't worry about much else imo. Leg spinners are fairly easy to cut away for four if you wait for the right ball.
    This kind of nonesense is the same reason all the highest wicket takers including myself in my club hold all the clubs bowling records year on year and have the best stats.

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    to attack a spinner, all you need is a few shots

    sweep/slog sweep=anything down the leg side
    reverse sweep=occaisional off spin delivery outside off stump.
    charge down the wicket=anything straight.(you dont have to slog it over the in field to charge, you can wait and play a normal drive so you will be safe from a stumping becuase your technique is good.
    back foot glance/drive good for anything the bowler sends down
    kevin pieterson says when tacling spinner "get on the back foot as much as possible"
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    Yeah maybe if you're Kevin Pieterson that might be the case, but I take a wicket every 15.69 balls. 21.85% of my overs are maidens and I've only been bowling wrist spin for 2 seasons. Added to that I advocate using Wrist Spinners as attack bowlers and because my stats are fairly good I sometimes open the bowling alongside the fasts, so it's not like I'm picking off the Bunnies.

    As a internationally recognised good batsman used to say.............

    "No ball bowled is as difficult as one which leaves the bat and goes towards the slips. The really good leg-break beats them all.” - Sir Donald Bradman.

    My experience and seemingly his experience suggest otherwise than your experience, it maybe that you've yet to come up against a good Wrist Spinner?

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    leg spin is over rated in its difficulty for batsmen *in my opinion*
    thinkj about it, the ball is turning AWAY from you, so you dont have to play it, therfore you wont go out, a leggy may think "ooo great, maiden!" but realy, the caotain will take you off if oyu havnt got the batsman out.

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