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The slider or back spinner is the reverse of the top-spinner. Instead of bouncing and kicking as the top-spinner does, the back spinner delivery will skid onto the batsman. This delivery is great for trying to trap the batsman LBW.
The grip is exactly the same as the leg-spin stock delivery. Two fingers up and two fingers down with the thumb on or off the ball as preferred.
The ball releases the hand rotating backwards.
It is essentially the reverse of the top spinner (explained in previous chapter). The thumb must face the batsmen and the side of the hand (on the little finger’s side) must face the bowler, but with the back the hand facing towards mid-wicket.
Figure 2: Leg-Spin Back Spinner Wrist Position (back)
Figure 3: Leg-Spin Back Spinner Wrist Position (front)
The action is the same as the standard leg-spin stock delivery (explained in leg spin stock delivery chapter).
The shoulders, hip and feet should be aligned with the target. The front arm leads and steers the action and pulls down driving the action forward. As the front arm pulls down the right shoulder will come forward generating the power in the delivery. The right shoulder should rotate towards the target and finish with that shoulder facing the stumps.
Line, Length, Flight and Target
The line, length and flight of the slider should be the same as the top-spinner. In other words, aim it at the batsman and wickets. Bowling the ball too wide will lose the advantage of the ball skidding and keeping low on the batsman.
The length should be a little shorter than normal. You want the batsman to play you of the back foot with this delivery. You are looking for the ball to keep low and trap him LBW.
You can vary the flight of the delivery as well. But do not bowl this delivery with too much flight. The real weapon here is that you want the ball to skid and keep low – and a quicker trajectory is better suited.
This delivery is very similar to the flipper but not as hard to bowl. So, start with this one before moving onto the flipper.
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