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Outhinking the batsman
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Andrew Hall celebrates a wicket with South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher
Bowling at the death is all about using your brain

Andrew Hall

Most of the time you're pretty certain about what the batsman is going to do.

I often see the batsman start to move just before I'm about to deliver the ball.

This means I can adjust my line just before I let the ball go.

If the batsman backs away to the leg side to give himself more room to play me through the offside, I have to readjust my line and aim for leg stump to cramp the batter for room.

It's exactly the same when they back away on the offside to hit me through the leg side.

Andrew Hall holds his head in his hands after a tight lbw decision
Expect plenty of drama at the death

It's very important you don't give them that room they want.

You have to force them to play the ball where you want them to play it - where you've placed your fielders.

If you change anything at the death the batsmen will pick it up very easily and that's when you'll start getting yourself in trouble.

Playing county cricket you come up against a lot of international cricketers so it's a good way of getting to know their game.

You store away bits of information you pick up through the season in your head to use when you're next playing each other.

Sometimes you can think too much about where you're going to bowl the next delivery.

If you walk back to your mark and start worrying about if you're going to bowl a length ball, you'll end up bowling one and getting hit straight back over your head.

Or if fine leg is up in the circle you start thinking don't bowl a ball on leg stump, you'll invariably bowl a ball on leg stump.


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At the death
Using your brain
Get the yorkers in

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If you start to tense up, your action will change and you'll never get it right
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Andrew Hall


Did you know?
Andrew was stranded on 99 not out during the fourth Test against England in 2003 - just one run short of his first Test century



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