Why Do Cricketers Shine The Ball?

In the sport of cricket, keeping the ball in good condition is one of the most important aspects of bowling! A ball that has been looked after properly by the fielding side will be much more likely to move in the air, and much more likely to deviate laterally once it hits the pitch. This will usually lead to more …

What Is A ‘Maiden’ In Cricket?

You will see and hear the word ‘maiden’ being used a lot if you watch cricket! It’s a term that is used by most commentators as well as statisticians in order to help tell the story of what is happening in the game. Therefore, it is a word that needs to be understood properly! Luckily for all of us, the …

What Does ‘Back Of A Length’ Mean In Cricket?

Today I’m going to try to clear up any confusion that some of you may have about the phrase ‘back of a length’. This is another one of those pieces of cricketing language that may have an unclear meaning to those of you who are new to the sport! But trust me, it’s actually really simple to understand! Firstly, you …

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The Ultimate Guide To Batting Against The Yorker

All batsmen need a plan for batting against the yorker! Modern cricket often requires teams to score runs at a very fast rate, and the yorker is one of the most difficult deliveries for a batsman to attack and defend against! This means that in order to keep those scoring rates up, we have to get creative when facing them! …

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How To Bowl The Perfect Off Break (With Pictures)

Off break bowlers are the most common type of spinner that you will find in cricket. However, even though there are so many of them, it’s still difficult to find one that is capable of being a true match winner for their team! There aren’t many off break bowlers of this standard, and national cricket teams are always on the …

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What Is The Off Side And Leg Side In Cricket?

‘Leg side’ and ‘off side’ are another two terms that can be confusing if you’re a newcomer to cricket. You will hear both terms mentioned many times throughout the course of a game, and if you’re a player, you’ll also hear them spoken about during your training sessions! This is why you need to know what they are! A cricket …

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What Is The Correct Grip For A Fast Bowler?

A fast bowlers grip forms the foundation of a good bowling action! Being technically sound in this area is what allows the bowler to release the ball in the best way possible. If we want the ball to do dangerous things after it leaves our hand, such as swing in the air or seam/deviate off the pitch, then we must …

What Is The White Cream Cricketers Put On Their Face?

Us cricketers have a lot of habits that may seem weird to someone who doesn’t watch the sport that often! Things like rubbing the ball on our trousers, tapping the pitch with our bats in between deliveries, or even more superstitious habits like kissing the ball before bowling! Aside from all of those, one question you’ll often hear asked is …

How Many Overs Can A Bowler Bowl In A Cricket Match?

In some cricket matches there are limitations on how many overs that a bowler can bowl! Any of you that watch or play cricket already will know that the sport can be divided into a few main types of matches…some can last for 5 full days, and some can last for just 200 balls! Therefore, it kind of makes sense …

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How To Bowl The Perfect Leg Break (With Pictures)

Leg break bowling is one of the hardest cricket skills to master. Getting the ball to spin is one of the most challenging parts of it, but many bowlers also struggle with their accuracy and speeds when bowling these deliveries! A bowler who can master these three aspects of leg break bowling should be well on their way to success …