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Regular readers will know of my soft spot for leg spin, so this week I’m delighted to have a video on what line and length is best for getting wickets as a spinner.

Plus Menno Gazendam pops in for another spin tip on working with the wicketkeeper.

For the non-spinners we have some tactical discussion about opening batsmen too. I’d love to know what you think about the idea of a left-right hand opening partnership. You can leave a comment at the bottom of the article.

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

Tactics You Should be Using: Left-Right Hand Opening Batsmen

There was once a time in cricket it was considered such an advantage to bat left handed that it was almost outlawed.


But we live in more enlightened times these day and there is not much chance of the MCC suddenly banning the southpaw.

Nevertheless, the high number of left-handers in international cricket demonstrates the advantage still remains.

So why not make the most of it by opening with a left-right hand combination?

Why open with a leftie?

One of the crucial elements of opening the bowling is to be able to hit a good line and length early. No opening bowler wants to give the opposition a flying start.

But having two different lines to bowl against a left-right partnership makes it pretty tough on the bowler. Just when they have found that perfect rhythm, a stolen single means the line needs to be adjusted again.

This is difficult and frustrating for the bowler and it means a few free hits for the batsman off their legs while adjustments are made.

Repeat this process for every bowling change and you soon see how the runs can stack up purely because of a left-right partnership.

Of course you need the right pair. Like all good openers they need to have an understanding when running between the wickets, be able to attack or dig in depending on the situation and be an excellent judge of the off stump (especially in longer format games).

But those things can be learned.

The main thing is you need a pair who are prepared to work together and take pride in taking full advantage of this tactic with good shot selection and running.

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The other big advantage of this method is in short-format cricket, especially if there is a powerplay in the opening overs.

With the emphasis on attack, an opener may try innovating hitting over midwicket or square leg. If both openers are the same hand this is the same area. With a left-right team it feels to the bowling side like they are getting hit to every corner.

So do you have a left hander in the team ready to open?

It could be the making of your season.

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Free video reveals: The beginners guide to bowling leg spin

How do great leg spinners get started?

Bowler’s like Shane Warne, Abdul Quadir and Anil Kumble are exciting. They take wickets with art, style and guile. They do it without having the advantages of pace and fear that the quicks have.

Men like this seem to be on another plain, making the ball do incredible things and deceiving world-class batsmen.

But even the greats start as beginners.

How did they get from first picking up a ball and having a go at leg spin to becoming a master of the art?

Until now it’s been an impossible and expensive job to find out.

Coaches at club and school level (if you have one) know nothing about bowling leg spin. It’s too specialist. You are on your own.

All the best leg spin coaches are sucked up into the first-class game or charging vast amounts that only the richest can afford.

No wonder most budding leg spinners drop out of the game, or turn to bowling medium pace. They are not lost due to lack of talent, but they just don’t have the knowledge to succeed.

But you don’t need to join those ranks.

Because now that has changed.

A brand new coach has joined PitchVision Academy and Muhammed Haroon is here to teach you how to bowl leg spin in his brand new online coaching course: “Leg Spin for Beginners and Juniors

The course fills that obvious gap in knowledge.

Using a unique combination of interactive videos, worksheets and articles all on-line you hold in your hands (or at your keyboard) the place learn where to begin.

Free leg spin video
Want an example?

In this exclusive reveal to PitchVision Academy readers we have one of the online interactive videos from the course to show you today.

It’s about what line and length leg spinners use take wickets and will take you 2 minutes to complete.

Click here to view the video now.

Leg Spin for Beginners and Juniors

What about the rest of the course?

Using the tips, tactics and drills in the online coaching course you will discover the crucial foundations to leg spin success.y following the instructions on the course you will be able to use incredible tip, turn and accuracy to take wickets.

And when you are taking wickets you can’t be ignored as a talent. You will be able to move easily up the levels and play at higher and higher standards. As you practice more you can rely on your action and mental strength to take you into the professional game.

And once you are playing first-class cricket, your dreams of international honours is a very real target.

But it all starts with one simple thing: Picking up the ball and bowling it.

Just like Shane Warne did as a boy.

When you buy this online course you will have instant access to the entire set of be building block tactics, tips and techniques. Tips include:

  • The mental approach to becoming a leg spinner and dealing with the huge obstacles along the way with ease and confidence.
  • The 5 important element of technique that will give you maximum turn and dip
  • The crucial tactics all leg spinners need to know to get wickets.
  • One simple way to build pin-point accuracy while turning the ball square.
  • Understanding what fields to set in every match situation.

Using simple, proven and effective methods that have worked from total beginners to first-class and international players, you can buy this course and start improving your game today.

Click here to get instant online access to all the chapters, pick up a ball and start the road to becoming a great.

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Spin bowling tips: How to take more wickets by working with your wicket-keeper

Spin bowlers have the great advantage over their quicker team mates in that they can take wickets with stumpings. Shane Warne himself took 152 wickets with stumpings out of his career total of 708 wickets.
Having a great wicket keeper behind the stumps when you bowl is an absolute pleasure. However, some of us spin bowlers do not have that luxury and have to deal with part time keepers. I myself have played with al kinds; from an international keeper to a guy standing two feet back for me!
No matter who is behind the stumps when you bowl there are certain things you can and must do as a spin bowler to improve your chances of getting wickets through stumpings. 
How can you work with your wicket keeper? Practice with your wicket keeper in the nets - both with batsman at the crease and without. This gets the keeper use to your style and all your variations. Also, talk to your keeper during the game. Discuss, between overs, the batsman at the crease. Establish if he is a candidate for stumping. The plan of action usually goes like this:
  1. The keeper must watch the back foot of the batsman all the time and inform you if his foot drags or lifts out of the crease when he plays a shot.
  2. Decide with your keeper if you will try and beat the batsman on the offside or leg side.
  3. The best way usually is down the leg side (full and close to the wicket) as most batsman lose their balance and the back foot will come out of the crease.
  4. If the batsman is really strong off his legs then beat the batsman on the offside with a nice floating arm ball. Draw him forward and have the ball swing past the bat.
  5. When a batsman gives you the charge bowl the ball quicker and wider. You have to know which side you want to bowl at this point BEFORE it happens. It will be different for each batsman based on you and your keepers observance.
  6. If the pitch is turning big you can be brave and counter a batsman that charges you with a shorter and more flighted ball. This will take him by surprise and, if done correctly, you stand a very good chance of turning the ball past the bat. Once again. ensure your keeper knows what you will bowl to the batsman. This increases your chances of stumpings!
The key is that the better you communicate and train with your keeper the more wickets you will take.


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Issue: 115
Date: 2010-09-10