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    As a batsman, how much more difficult is swing bowling to face?

    As a bowling all rounder, I would say facing genuine swing bowling with good pace would be 2x more difficult to face than the same bowler bowling straight.

    how about you?

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    I can play inswing fine, unless it's extremely late, but if you can bowl an outswinger, I'm toast. Especially in the OD games where you have to force the pace, I can't leave all the outswingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    If bowlers didn't swing the ball, I don't think I would have been dismissed this season yet. As it stands, I have 0 not outs and an average of just a tick above 5. That says it all.

    hmm don't wanna forget those off cutters, that can work when a batsman is letting the out swinger go to the keeper.
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    Swing bowling is certainly harder to face, there is no way I'm going to edge a ball if it doesn't swing or move..

    So as edges make up what as a guess 40% of my dismisals, i'd say it's harder to face, but if a bowler just keeps bowling outswingers all day, you really do get used to it.
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    the hardest ball for me to play is an outswinger starting on about leg stump and swinging away to 4th stump.

    Then again I think everyone has trouble with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond21 View Post
    the hardest ball for me to play is an outswinger starting on about leg stump and swinging away to 4th stump.

    Then again I think everyone has trouble with that.
    I just leave them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond21 View Post
    the hardest ball for me to play is an outswinger starting on about leg stump and swinging away to 4th stump.

    Then again I think everyone has trouble with that.
    AWTA. Especially when the umpires are of a poor standard and give you out when they hit you on the back pad after you come forward, just because the hit in line..

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    yea then you look like a fool when one doesnt swing as much or cuts back off the pitch and hits off stump

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    I love being an outswinger bowler. What is annoying is when you get edges but the overweight guy who can't field anywhere else but slip puts them all down.
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    I'd much rather face a genuine fastie, than one who can swing it.
    The most difficult are those on around off and swinging slightly away, a la McGrath.
    Never show the bowler fear, play forcing positive shots. Even if edged, more difficult to catch than weak defensively edged ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    I love being an outswinger bowler. What is annoying is when you get edges but the overweight guy who can't field anywhere else but slip puts them all down.
    Oi, settle down there!!!! 50-50 isn't a bad ratio.....

    Swing bowling is plenty harder to face than gun barrel, but i reckon seam movement is harder still.

    A lot depends on your style of play I suppose. Some guys are big drivers, or they pick the 1st line and just hit through it. I'm not a great driver of the ball and tend to nudge it around, so I play it pretty late. I find swing upsets me a lot more when I try to up the tempo and play differently to how I normally do.

    But, even if you're trying to play the ball alte and not be too expansive, if it goes off the deck, it's really hard to do anything about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    I love being an outswinger bowler. What is annoying is when you get edges but the overweight guy who can't field anywhere else but slip puts them all down.
    Always thought that was a ridiculous situation, myself. Slip is your most important position - your best slippers should be in the slips at all times, not your least mobile movers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engle View Post
    I'd much rather face a genuine fastie, than one who can swing it.
    The most difficult are those on around off and swinging slightly away, a la McGrath.
    Never show the bowler fear, play forcing positive shots. Even if edged, more difficult to catch than weak defensively edged ones.
    No way. If you're struggling with the swing then you've got to play it later and with soft hands. Push at the ball and you're toast. Also don't really buy the "if you're gonna go, go hard" strategy. Can pay off if the ball is wide but you can get a fine edge no matter how fast the bat speed is.
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    Don't mind facing swing, because I'm pretty good at just playing the line and if it moves, I end up playing inside it. Means that I often get a fair bit of stick from the opposition, because I'm "playing and missing" by so much, but I know that I'm not going to nick it. Then if it's short, throw the bat at it. Make them bowl to you. You've always got more time than you think.

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