At Old Trafford in 1993 Mike Gatting faced Shane Warne's first ball in Ashes cricket. You probably know the rest already.
Despite this ball, Gatting is recognised as one of England's finest modern players of spin. In this article he gives some tips on how he used to do so well. They can be summarised like this:
- Watch the ball onto the bat
- Make sure you can deal with the pressure of close fielders
- Learn ways to score by using your feet and sweeping
Now I want to open the floor to you. Do you play the spinners well? What are your tips on how to bat against a good spin bowler? Leave a comment.
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