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As we frequently discuss the way in which we can make batsmen look silly against spin bowling, you better be good at playing spin when you go in to bat. There is nothing more embarrassing than being outfoxed by your opposite number.
Here are a few tips in batting against spin. (Only fair, right?).
Watch from the hand
Watch the ball from the bowler's hand. If you can pick him there you will know what he is bowling and you will pick up the line and length right away (by judging the speed and angle from the hand).
If the bowler is clever he will try and hide the ball from you as long as possible. But, even then, you should still be able to see how the ball is released from the hand.
Watch his grip and how it changes what type of deliveries are bowled. Maybe he has his fingers closer together for a quicker ball? Or along the seam for an arm ball?
Watch from the air
If you cannot read him from the hand then you need to read the direction of the spin in the air. This is more difficult, but look at angle of the seam (if it is not scrambled) and try to pick up the length quickly (crucial).
You want to judge the speed, flight and spin direction as quickly as possible. That is why you want to play the ball as late as you can, as it will give you plenty time the watch the ball.
Play from the pitch
If that all fails, you will need to play him from the pitch. It's best if you do this from the back foot to give yourself time. Risky, but it is the only option left to you.
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