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Bowling the outswinger
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Matthew Hoggard bowls in an England net session
Matthew Hoggard has the ability to move the ball late

Ask any batsman what delivery they hate facing and 99% of the time they'll reply the outswinger.

Bowled at its best, the outswinger is one of cricket's finest sights.

The ball swings from the off stump of a right handed batsman towards the slip fielders.

Top bowlers like Brett Lee and Matthew Hoggard have the ability to make batsmen "fish" outside off stump, especially when the ball swings late.

This gives them a greater chance of getting the batsman out caught behind the wicket forcing a false stroke.

Make sure you grip that seam firmly
It's all in the grip!

Step One

Grip the ball with the first two fingers close together on the seam, with the seam in a vertical position. The thumb should be on the seam underneath.

Step Two

Unlike the inswinger, point the seam of the ball towards the slips with the shiny side of the ball nearest the batsman.

Your action will play a big role if you want the ball to swing.

If you have a side-on action when you reach the crease, you'll have a greater chance of moving the ball in the air.


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