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    Ambidextrous players

    have their been, or are there any pro ambidextrous players out there (as in bowl left and right handed, bat left and right)
    i think that if a player like shane warne was ambidextrous he would be completely unplayable, because it would be much harder to read spin coming from both sides.

    i can bowl offspin and leg spin with both hands, field with both hands and can bat both ways (equally) and feel that in the current cricket climate of 1 handedness, i could be a real handful to cricketers out there.

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    Ian "the freak" Harvey can i think to a certain degree. You sound like a most gifted cricketer!!
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    Jimmy Anderson and the Dearly Departed Simon Jones, both bowl righties and bat left-handeed
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Jimmy Anderson and the Dearly Departed Simon Jones, both bowl righties and bat left-handeed
    I do the same. As did, interestingly, my grandad and great grandad and as does my little cousin. Quite a family trait. My uncle however is a chinaman-googly bowler and a left handed bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Jimmy Anderson and the Dearly Departed Simon Jones, both bowl righties and bat left-handeed
    And Tres. I think a fair number of people do that, means you end up (hopefully) less bottom handed and play in a more orthodox fashion.

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    there are indeed many right bowlers who play left batsman and vice versa, but im not too keyed up with knowledge of bowlers who bowl with both hands and batsman who switch from left to right to take advantage of tactical field set ups etc..
    and being ambidextrous is not a natural thing....anybody can do it...with lots of practice, thats why i can't understand at the lack of them.

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    Because you'd need to practise with both hands, so you'd need to practise twice as much as others at that level to reach it.

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    you do have to practice more being both handed, but not twice as much....because the mental side of things, and muscle memory of the bowling, batting movements have already been covered by your brain, so making it easier to replicate movement and skills with other arm....i can play any sport with both hands equally using this.

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    I can't recall his name, but I remember a Zim quick bowler who bowled right arm, but threw left. I imagine with a bit of practice he could have bowled with both.
    You know it makes sense.

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    I bat right handed and bowl Left handed
    i am left handed, but because I played hockey I was more used to right handed.
    I can throw a ball with my right hand, but prefer left
    I know daan van bunge can bat left and right handed..and amazingly good too.
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    I know a guy who can bowl right arm and left arm, swing and seam - all to a decent standard too!

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    There was a player for Pakistan or India u19s a couple of years ago who bowled left and right arm finger spin, at times alternating during the same over.

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    A guy at my club used to tell a story about how he had been playing in a game once, and the opposition had a left-handed player who looked vaguely familiar, and scored a beautiful hundred. Found out afterwards it was Majid Khan giving them a chance.

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    A mate of mine bowls good seamers right-handed but opens the batting left-handed
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    I'm certain I read somewhere that Tait practices batting left & right handed in the nets. As he's a bit of a bunny it doesn't make much diff I suppose, but it would be kinda cool if he changed hands during a game.
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