This is a guest article from Max Andrews, Leg Spinner and Coach
Have you ever felt this way?
I'm a leg spinner who had good success in my first few seasons of club cricket. As I got older and started playing representative cricket I was not having much success at all. It came to a stage when I thought about giving up leg spin and bowling medium pace.
There was even a time when a thought about giving up cricket all together.
It's a rut I know many spinners face. But I got through it.
Thankfully I was lucky enough to have some great coaches and players around me to help me out. They taught me that it wasn't about talent; it was about learning the art. At the time I had no clue what I was doing with my bowling and how I planned to get the batsman out.
When I realised this I went from being a mediocre spinner to a wicket taking wizard.
Let me give you an example.
One of the problems I faced in my first season of representative cricket was on turning wickets. I would turn the ball too much and it would turn past the edge. You might say that it's the job of the spinner to turn it as much as possible, but when turn is stopping you from taking wickets, it becomes your enemy.
I learned to recognise the difference between a play and miss that might take the edge and a ball sailing harmlessly past the batsman. It's a subtle difference, but that is what the art of spin is about.
On those days where it turned too much I would bowl a ball with less spin, so the batter would edge it. Problem was he would just hit the ball (very often to the boundary).
I needed another plan.
I thought things through, and with the help of my coach, I adopted a new tactic: come wider on the crease and spin the ball hard so it will drift and dip. Due to the crease position the ball won't turn as much and the batsman will nick it.
Looking back it was so simple, yet when I was running in and hoping I would never have taken those wickets.
Now, like my coaches helped me, I want to help you.
I have been playing cricket for a long time now and I have been coaching at my club for a number of years and I have learnt a lot from both my playing and my coaching experience. I made my first online coaching course which includes:
- How to use accuracy, flight and the crease to help you take wickets faster as a spinner
- What to bowl and when
- How to use captains to help you succeed
- How to bowl to different batsman (like the batsman that won’t stop sweeping you)
- Key to Leg Spin Bowling
In my first course I have included what I have learnt about the tactical side to the game to help me take a lot of wickets as a spinner. I have also included "How to bowl to different types of batsmen" and a quiz at the end of the course to see how much you have learned.
Plus there is a forum where you can chat to other passionate leg spinners who have bought my course.
If you feel you are in a similar situation, you can buy my course here and only for the price of a cup of coffee!