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    Phew ! Its 15 pages ! Trust me its worth the time it will take to read.
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    Sounds like his got a bit've Mendis about him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdu_ben91 View Post
    Sounds like his got a bit've Mendis about him.
    No where close to it.

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    Now it shows what I've understood is correct. Swere = Drift which occurs with forward spin balls. Off spin, it's away from RH, leg spin, it's towards RH.

    SJS>> I have seen enough top spinners from Kumble which used to be 115-120k early in his career (which was called the "rocket" ball), with gun barrel straight seam. Non has swung. I believe that swing is inly possible with backspin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    SJS>> I have seen enough top spinners from Kumble which used to be 115-120k early in his career (which was called the "rocket" ball), with gun barrel straight seam. Non has swung. I believe that swing is inly possible with backspin.
    Me too, for what it is worth, which isn't much, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Phew ! Its 15 pages ! Trust me its worth the time it will take to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Well, he spoke of his only Test wicket, against Hammond at Adelaide. However, he got the West Indies wicketkeeper Barrow at Adelaide in 1930, too.

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    Aha. Haven't ever actually studied Bradman's bowling stats TBH. So didn't know that.

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    zaremba and sjs are in prime form. awesome posts guys. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    Now it shows what I've understood is correct. Swere = Drift which occurs with forward spin balls. Off spin, it's away from RH, leg spin, it's towards RH.

    SJS>> I have seen enough top spinners from Kumble which used to be 115-120k early in his career (which was called the "rocket" ball), with gun barrel straight seam. Non has swung. I believe that swing is inly possible with backspin.
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    Me too, for what it is worth, which isn't much, tbh.
    I could name some international pacers who never swing the ball inspite of bowling with a straight seam. While many finger spinners will get side swerve away from the batsmen and some legspinners, including Warne himself, will get some inward drift with leg spin. Bradman writes of Mailey getting similar lateral movement.

    Erect seam is important but not enough for getting the ball to swing or swerve which, by the way, are different though often used as synonyms.

    The beauty of Barne's bowling was that with a straight armed action, a finger spun delivery, he managed to bowl a ball which swung in to the batsman (with the new ball) pitched perfectly and moved away after pitching.AND he could bowl a ball which swung out and one which broke back from the off after pitching.

    The fact that others like O'Rielly who bowled with a high arm vicious action, were not able to bowl this delivery (nor has anyone else in the history of the game) is what makes Barnes such a great bowler.

    The fact that Kumble does not get the ball to swerve does not prove that Barnes didn't do it unless we assume that all these players, who played with and against him, and who wrote about it were in a massive worldwide conspiracy to fabricate an enormous lie. By the way, Barnes did not have many friends amongst his contemporaries because of his aloof and 'haughty' nature. He wasn't a much loved cricketer. He was dropped at the flimsiest of pretexts and would have had hundreds of wickets had he played all the matches he should have - not that 189 in 27 Tests is to be considered less.

    In any event, my idea is to present here what we know from the then contemporary accounts of what he bowled. Its important for us to understand what he did to understand why he is considered the greatest ever bowler by so many.

    If we insist on denying it, I am okay with that. It makes no difference to me whatsoever
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    The fact that Kumble does not get the ball to swerve does not prove that Barnes didn't do it unless we assume that all these players, who played with and against him, and who wrote about it were in a massive worldwide conspiracy to fabricate an enormous lie.
    I think you've missed my point mate. I never said straight seam + forward spin cannot produce swere or drift in modern terms. But the I have never seen a player swing it with foward spin. That is, ball swinging away from the shiny side. When these accounts say that it was swing and spin, that's when it baffles me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    There will, however, doubtless be many who are better-read on him than me. And given that, unless I'm hugely mistaken, no film of him bowling exists, that is all we can use to discern this very peculiar mystery.
    Well I'm afraid you are, in your own words "hugely mistaken". There is some film of Barnes bowling in league cricket after the war.
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