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Flipper
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Like the googly, the flipper is yet another weapon in the leg spinner's armoury.

Rather than turn away from the bat like a normal leg spinner or towards the batsman like a googly, the flipper skids on low and fast after pitching.

You could describe it as a back spinner - and like the "wrong'un", it takes plenty of time to perfect.

The ball is "squeezed" between the thumb and fingers in a way so it spins backwards and skids on low and fast with under-spin after hitting the pitch.

Step one

Hold the ball like a normal leg break with the top joints of the index and middle fingers are across the seam.

Step two

Unlike the leg break and googly, it's the thumb that does most of the work. Imagine you're clicking your fingers when you release the ball.

The ball should be rotating in an clockwise direction with the seam facing the batsman.


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Once you can bowl leg spin there are numerous variations that you can learn to deceive a batsman, such as the googly. Pace and flight are also key weapons.





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