Field Setting: Leg spin, old ball, turning wicket, limited overs | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

Field Setting: Leg spin, old ball, turning wicket, limited overs

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

When a batsman is all set and looking to go after you, towards final overs a leg spinner can easily get thrashed if he doesn’t have a proper field to bowl to.

However, against the spinners, slog sweep and hitting the bowl over mid-on are most batsmen’s favourite shots. As you are turning the ball away from the right hander this makes it more difficult for the batsman, so you can pick up wickets, even late in the game.

 If there is a fielding circle, all the fielders who are inside it move to the edge.

Bowling to this field

This field would allow you to bowl both over and around the wicket to a right hander.

Don’t look to flight the ball a great deal as a batsman with his eye set will easily pick your flight. Look to pitch it on or outside the leg stump and bowl at his pads. Length is the key here, as you do not want to be very short or full. The ideal length (Shane Warne’s length) would be about 5 feet from the batting crease, getting the batsman to go forward.

As you are bowling at the batsman’s pads there is no need for an off side boundary runner.

Bowling variations

Variations are important to leg spinners, however at this late stage in the match it’s important not to try and be too clever.

You don’t want the batsman to be able to set himself because you are too predictable. However, you should only try a variation if you are confident you can bowl it accurately under the pressure of being hit.

The googly is the obvious option, but a batsman who is looking to plant his front leg and hit over the leg side could be deceived by the flipper as it skids on and increases the chance of bowled or LBW.

Avoid bowling

  • Short pitch balls from spinners are a batsman’s delight, never ball short and wide.
  •  Full tosses. These could be hit anywhere on the field and are impossible to set a field to.
Field Variations
  • If the batsman is only going leg side you can move another fielder from off to leg making a 6/3 leg side split
  • If the batsman is going ‘inside out’ to hit through the off side then rethink your plan as you will need a 6/3 off side biased field
  • Don’t fall into the trap of setting boundary fielders on both sides. Club batsmen are not good enough to hit it to all parts unless you are bowling both sides of the wicket.
  • If the batsman is sweeping a lot and picking up runs you can move mid on the square leg.

Batting against this field

  • Back yourself to clear the rope and look to slog sweep or hit straight.
  • Look to exploit the gap on the off-side by stepping away and going “inside out” hitting over the top.
  •  Rotate the strike by sweeping fine into the gap on the leg side

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thanks pitch vision this will help me becasue im being a to anbious with my feild and how i bowl so thats pearfect thanks a lot edward

Such a complex subject field setting, I'm assuming you're trying to get the batsman to try and drive the ball?

I would get rid on the mid-on on the single and move him to sweep the cover boundary. Anything just a little short is going to get hit that way.

Hello mr. David
My 10 year old cousin has started to bowl leg spin this year. He has bowled to some of the best batsmen in u/15 and u/17 and has gotten them out. He puts a lot of revs on the ball as I can see it spinning fastly through the air. I compared his action to Shane Warne's action and it is precisely the same even though he hasn't seen him bowl. He bowls quite fast for his age, is a a good number 3 batsman and can take high catches that some 16 year old's can't. He is fairly accurate but needs quality coaching if he is to succeed. Would you help me to address some of his problem areas please?

I think you're talking him up a bit. A ten year old will struggle to bowl full pitch at a pace that would trouble top not just U/15 batsman but U/13 batsman would relies that that it would be full enough to take on the full or sit back and clear the rope by miles.

No I'm dead serious! He turned 11 now (12 next year) I think he is ready to play for at least the u/13 team! He played his first game three days back at school. It was a trial game (to see who has potential) and he got 5 wickets in a row!!! Each bowler only got to bowl 1 over, who knows how many wickets he would have taken! He wasn't exactly bowling at Sachin Tendulkar, but if he can get 5-0 in the u/11 age group, he should get wickets in the u/13's with ease as well.