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    Best way to turn a cricket ball

    I have just started bowling leg spin for my club after a few years bowling pace, and I'm having trouble turning the ball. My action is normal, similar to Shane Warne's and I follow all the tips like 'Put all your weight on your left leg while following through' and 'Spin the ball from 6o'clock to 9o'clock' but I still seem to be getting minimal turn. I've tried visiting all the sites with tips but they all tell you how to bowl leggies, not how to spin the cricket ball with maximum effect.

    Any tips on turning the ball a long way? Would be much appreciated.

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    I'll throw out a couple of tips, if you like the sound of 'em then try 'em.

    • Basically, getting as much spin on the ball as you possibly can is all about effective, efficient and powerful use of your body, to help generate as many revoloutions on the ball as possible.
    • Having your front arm reach upwards in a direction towards the batsman and pull downwards in a straight line.
    • Following this, your back leg pushing right through the crease and snapping your body around, from a side on position when bowling, and rotating through the crease until the back foot gets well in front of what was your front leg.
    • Powerful gather, and a powerful follow through of your arms so that they reach to your left hip.
    • Remember that the quicker that you bowl, the less likely that you are to get the ball to grip on the surface. When you go for a bigger spinning deliver, have more sidespin (so that the seam is more at a "10 o'clock" position rather than at "11 o'clock") and make it a bit slower, give it time to kiss the surface and let the seam grip.
    • The other thing I'd mention is that if you do get a "big spinning delivery" in your armoury, it is often more effective to keep as a weapon rather than as a stock ball.

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    It would, like most things, be handy to see video - but the single thing I would look at checking out is the angle of the seam when you release the ball.

    It's all very well giving it a big rip, but if you've got the back of your hand facing out to mid-off, the seam comes out at 11 o'clock (pointing between slip and mid-on), then no matter how many revs you put on it you'll just end up sending down toppies.
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    Some god advice already.

    Best little tidbit I heard for a leg spinner is, when releaing the all, make sure the back of the hand is facing the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    when releaing the ball, make sure the back of the hand is facing the head.
    When releasing the ball? You mean keep a cocked wrist when releasing or cock the wrist before releasing?
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    I Suggest going to you tube and looking at the terry jener ( cant spell ) vids it gave me and extra 20 degrees of turn

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    My 'Muralis' turn a fair amount, only problem is the 100 odd degrees of flex in the arm.
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    Every spare moment you have,watching tv,sitting around etc take a ball and practice ripping it from one hand to the other. The idea is to get muscle memory into your wrist and fingers, so that when it comes to nets and games your wrist action should be ingrained and effortless. Once you have this going then it is time to concentrate on body position,follow through etc.
    I found this to be a great practice and my consistency in pitching the ball in the right areas improved out of sight because I could concentrate on where the ball was going to pitch instead of worrying what my hand was doing.

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    i agree with joe 90 it really helps try doing it for all of a test i think i had some blisters in the end

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    Friction also has a small part to do with how many revolutions you can get. I can turn it a lot further using three fingers instead of three fingers and a thumb.
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    also try seeing if changeing position on relise

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    i mean with side on or stright release

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cricket View Post
    I have just started bowling leg spin for my club after a few years bowling pace, and I'm having trouble turning the ball. My action is normal, similar to Shane Warne's and I follow all the tips like 'Put all your weight on your left leg while following through' and 'Spin the ball from 6o'clock to 9o'clock' but I still seem to be getting minimal turn. I've tried visiting all the sites with tips but they all tell you how to bowl leggies, not how to spin the cricket ball with maximum effect.

    Any tips on turning the ball a long way? Would be much appreciated.
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