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On one of those typical scorching hot South African summer days I was being smacked around the park. Not pretty.
That's OK I thought. Keep bowling the same. He will make a mistake soon.
"Look, he miss-timed that shot," I reasoned with myself. No worries. Keep at it.
This is not going well. Should I bowl flatter? Quicker? Wider? No, keep at it. Toss it up.
Ouch, that was big. Darting it in won't get me a wicket. And we only have 140 on the board. This is painful, but I just have to toss it up again, and rip it until my fingers bleed. It won’t help trying to tie the batsmen down. We need wickets.
And so I toss it up: A big, looping, fizzing delivery. The adrenaline and anger from being smacked around being put to use to spin the ball (and not dart it in).
The batsman's eyes lit up at a juicy full toss. He has already taken me for 20 from 4 balls and he is getting greedy wanting more. He can finish the game in singles with all the time left, but he wants boundaries. But, he is in trouble. It dips on him viciously. He judges the length wrong and has to play back at the last minute.
Caught off balance, the ball spits out of the dirt sharply, puff of dust flying, the cricket ball wraps him high on the glove, up it goes, “catch it” we all scream, and the keeper completes the catch.
And then I understood.
This is what I need to do. All the time. Toss it up even when you get smacked around. I need to be taking wickets and flight and spin is the only way to do it.
So, be brave, and toss it up high.