This article is part of the "Streetwise Bowling" series from PitchVision Academy. To view the full list of tactics click here. This tactic has been provided by Spin Coach, Menno Gazendam.
Bowling leg breaks to a batsman with a weak spot on his legs?
Don't just go the obvious route and pitch every ball outside of leg stump.
The batsman will know what is going on and just pad you safely away. Instead, work him over by getting him to come forward, then surprising him with a big turner outside leg.
As such, it can be used in both attacking and defensive roles.
Name: Around the Legs
Bowling Type: Leg Spin
Difficulty Level: 7/10
Success Level: Variable
It's a method that has worked for the greatest ever leggie. Take a look at this clip of Shane Warne setting up Darren Powell. For more than an over and half he draws Powell on the front foot, getting him to commit early with coming forward. Then he bowls his big turning leg break wide outside leg, catching Powell off balance and leaving leg stump exposed.
Here is how you bowl it.
Ball 1: Bowl well up around off-stump and outside.
Ball 2-4: Vary your drop, drift and turn ( but do not use your biggest leg break). Maintain the same line throughout the over: good length, hitting the top of middle and leg to leg stump. Encourage the batter to defend and drive on the front foot. Be patient and keep at it. Yes, this is important to lull the batsman into thinking he understands your method.
Ball 5 or 6: When you have your man, bowl your biggest leg break wide outside leg stump and full. This way you will catch the batsman off-balance. He will be looking at going forward and not be able to get in position to defend the leg stump. The chances are very good that you will hit the stumps out of the rough.
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