Nasty, brutish and short | Specials | Cricinfo Magazine | Cricinfo.com

A good read imo.

Theoretically, and perhaps also in reality, the bouncer is the only ball that can hurt the batsman physically (apart from the beamer, which is illegal). But one way of looking at it is: what doesn't get you out doesn't hurt you. So even if most batsmen don't like facing the bouncer, they still prefer it over a good outswinger, which could take the outside edge. I'm not saying you can't get out on a bouncer, but if you have a decent technique and are not afraid of getting hit, the chances of getting out are minimal.
Really liked that part.