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An outswinger is a type of
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in the
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cricket
. It is
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by swing bowlers.


Method

An outswinger is bowled by holding the
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with the seam at an angle and the first two fingers running along either side of the seam. The ball must be released at 12 o'clock height. The hands should move slightly towards the left at follow through and must push down for more back-spin. Once the ball has worn on one side the shiny side should face the leg side and the seam towards first or second slip for swing. The difference of pressure caused by movement of air over the rough and smooth surfaces tends to push the ball to the left. The result is that the ball curves, or ''swings'' to the left. In case of a new ball point the seam to the direction of swing. The difference of the separation of air by the seam the ball moves away from the batsman.


Advantages

From a right-handed
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's point of view, the swing is away from his body towards his right, i.e. towards the
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. This swing away from the body is the source of the name ''outswinger''. To a left-handed batsman, the swing is in towards the body and towards the
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which from a technical point of view makes the outswinger, now an inswinger. Outswingers may be considered to be one of the more difficult fast deliveries for a right-handed batsman to play. This is because the ball moves away from his body. This means that any miscalculation can result in an outside edge off the bat and a catch going to the
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or
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fielders.


Tactical use

To a right-handed
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, a
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will generally concentrate on bowling repeated outswingers, aiming to tempt the batsman to play away from his body and get him out in one of the ways described above. However, sometimes a fast bowler may attempt to deceive the batsman by bowling an
off cutter frame, Off-cutter grip for a right handed bowler An off cutter is a type of delivery in the game with separate sliding drawer, from 1390–1353 BC, made of glazed faience, dimensions: 5.5 × 7.7 × 21 cm, in the Brooklyn M ...
instead of a standard outswinger, and look to get a batsman out either
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or lbw. More commonly, variation is in the
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of the ball, with
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s and bouncers. An effective delivery length is one that places the ball approaching the top of the
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; usually between two-thirds to three- quarters up the length of the
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See also

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Inswinger An inswinger is a type of delivery Delivery may refer to: *Delivery (commerce), of goods, e.g.: **Pizza delivery **Milk delivery Film and television *Delivering (film), ''Delivering'' (film), a 1993 short film by Todd Field *Delivery (film), ''D ...
*
Leg cutter frame, Leg-cutter grip for a right handed bowler A leg cutter is a type of delivery (cricket), delivery in the sport of cricket. It is bowling (cricket), bowled by fast bowling, fast bowlers. A bowler releases a normal spin delivery with the wri ...
*
Off cutter frame, Off-cutter grip for a right handed bowler An off cutter is a type of delivery in the game with separate sliding drawer, from 1390–1353 BC, made of glazed faience, dimensions: 5.5 × 7.7 × 21 cm, in the Brooklyn M ...
*
Reverse swing Swing bowling is a technique used for bowling (cricket), bowling in the sport of cricket. Practitioners are known as swing bowler (cricket), bowlers. Swing bowling is generally classed as a subtype of fast bowling. The aim of swing bowling is ...


References

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External links


The Science of Swing
Bowling (cricket) Cricket terminology