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Bowling at the death with Andrew Hall
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Andrew Hall in action for South Africa in a one-day game
Bowling at the death is all about confidence

Andrew Hall

Bowling at the death is all about confidence, knowing you can put the ball in the right place.

You have an idea of how the batsmen are going to play, how they're striking the ball, whether they're finding the gaps easily.

The batsmen will want to score as many runs as they can from their last six overs, so it's up to you to get in the right place.

Three stumps are all over the place after a batsman is bowled
What the bowler wants to see

You get your confidence through training.

I've trained specifically to bowl in these types of situation in the nets - in fact I put in as much time into yorkers and slower balls as much as my normal stock deliveries.

That's how important it is.

You also have to take things like swing into account, whether the ball is reverse swinging at the end of the innings.

If the ball swings late you need to adjust your line so you need to make sure the ball starts outside off stump to swing in late to hit middle stump.

You also need to consider what condition the ball is in, will it reverse swing all the time, so you need to make sure you're spot on with your bowling.

If you get this wrong the batsman will either put the ball away for runs or it will end up as a wide.

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Andrew James Hall factfile
Born: 31 July 1975
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Teams: South Africa, Transvaal, Gauteng, Easterns, Worcestershire
Height: 6ft
Bowling: Right-arm fast medium
Batting: Right Hand Bat
South Africa one-day debut: v West Indies, Durban, 1999

:: United Cricket Board of South Africa
:: Worcestershire CCC

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