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The square cut
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The square cut

If bowlers give most batsmen a short and wide delivery outside off stump, chances are they'll be hit for four square of the wicket.

The square cut is a particular favourite of left-handers when a right-arm bowler comes over the wicket.

This is because the natural angle of the delivery slants away from the left-hander's body.

It allows the batsmen to free their arms and hit the ball with a cross bat, enabling them to get plenty of power on the shot.

Brian Lara cuts in action for the West Indies
Don't bowl wide outside off stump to Brian Lara

Some batsmen have a tendency to hit the ball too hard and in the air, increasing their chances of being caught at gully or point.

But by rolling your wrists at the point of impact, with your weight on top of the ball, you can keep the ball on the ground.

West Indian star Brian Lara and Australian captain Ricky Ponting are particularly strong in this area, along with England's Marcus Trescothick.

But be careful, although a square cut can bag you plenty of runs, it can also lead to your downfall if you get too confident.


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