In his The Art of Wrist-Spin Bowling (1995), Peter Philpott remarks: ‘If there is one factor in spin bowling which all spinners should accept … it is the concept that the ball should be spun hard. Not rolled, not gently turned, but flicked, ripped, fizzed.’ Richie Benaud agrees: ‘Spin it fiercely. Spin it hard.’ The intensity of the grip that produces ‘fizz’ will also often result in the ball either floating high and free in the air or thumping into the pitch a few yards ahead of the popping crease.
Gideon Haigh: On Warne
by Gideon Haigh
Hamish Hamilton, $35 hb, 211 pp, 9780670076604
Brian Matthews is the author of short stories, essays, and biographies. He was a weekly columnist for the Weekend Australian...
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