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    Shoaib Akhtar slower balls

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    Quick question from me. What method does Shoaib Akhtar use to bowl his slower balls here?

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    His slower balls were so awesome when the English batsmen would think the ball is coming at the head as a beamer and try and avoid it, and then it slowly hits them on the pad or bat and they are out LBW or caught and bowled.

    Shoaib was so awesome in that series.

    In answer to the question of the thread... no idea. Looks sort of like an off-break action.
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    haha Jones getting one of the worst LBWs Ive seen.

    They look like pretty normal 'rolled' off spinners. Where the wrist breaks and the hand goes from vertical to horizontal.

    They are well bowled and his extreme pace helps.
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    Haha yeah that Jones one was horrible... obviously off one of Shoaib's quicker deliveries.

    Those slower balls from Shoaib are/were such a good tactic on a flat track such as those that were served up in the 2005 Pak v Eng series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    haha Jones getting one of the worst LBWs Ive seen.

    They look like pretty normal 'rolled' off spinners. Where the wrist breaks and the hand goes from vertical to horizontal.

    They are well bowled and his extreme pace helps.
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    Haha, first time I'd seen that Jones LBW. That really is amazingly horrific.

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    Jones should already have been out lbw 1st ball, though, so no worries with that. Well, actually there were - Kaneria was denied a hattrick.

    Yeah they were some superb slower-balls that series - some flat, some flighted. Never mind the ones that looked like they were going to be Beamers - there was one at Ian Bell that actually was a Beamer - completely got it wrong.

    As Kev said - it was stock-standard Off-Break. He's always bowled a good slower-ball and when your stock is up to 95mph that's a damn effective change-up, going down 20mph or so.
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    He has always bowled a good slower ball but I thought he totally changed it during this series!! Usually it was a plain off break..but I think these ones are a bit different...they are off break but I think he totally removes the thumb from behind the ball just before release and then gives it a push...just my theory though...judging by the loop..and how batsman lose the ball in the air!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Haha, first time I'd seen that Jones LBW. That really is amazingly horrific.
    I remember Strauss in the 06/7 Ashes when he literally middled one onto his pad and was given out LBW, that was worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    His slower balls were so awesome when the English batsmen would think the ball is coming at the head as a beamer and try and avoid it, and then it slowly hits them on the pad or bat and they are out LBW or caught and bowled.

    Shoaib was so awesome in that series.

    In answer to the question of the thread... no idea. Looks sort of like an off-break action.
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