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How to Bowl an Outswinger

The outswinger is where the ball swings (moves) away from the batsmen. This ball is a useful weapon to a bowler's armoury. The outswinger tempts the batsmen into playing at the ball, hopefully hitting the edge of the bat as the batsmen miss-judges the ball, causing a catching chance. Key factors in bowling an outswinger include………….
  • Ball position
  • Seam position
  • Grip
  • Delivery action
  • Wind direction
Ball position:

The ball position is a key element in swinging the cricket ball. The ball will swing towards the rough side of the ball. This is due to a greater wind resistance on the rough surface of the ball compared to the smooth, shiny side of the ball. When bowling to a right hand batsman, the rough side of the ball should face towards the off-side of the field (left hand side of the ball). This will cause the ball to move away from the batsmen. When bowling to a left hand batsman, the rough side of the ball should face to the off-side of the field, meaning the rough side will be on the right hand side of the ball.

Seam Position:

The seam position helps produce swing, depending on which way it's pointing. For an outswinger, the seam should face first or second slip.

Grip:

The grip incorporates the ball and seam position. Bowling to a right handed batsmen, the rough side of the cricket ball should face the off-side of the field (left hand side of the ball), with the seam position facing towards first or second slip. This will cause the cricket ball to swing away from the batsmen, hopefully catching the edge of the bat. To a left handed batsmen, the rough side of the ball should be facing the off-side (right hand side of the ball), with the seam position facing towards first or second slip.

Delivery Action:

A side on action with the arm coming across the body when following through the crease after bowling the ball will aid in producing an outswinger cricket delivery.

Wind Direction:

The direction of the wind will help assist the ball to swing. The ball will tend to swing in the direction of the wind. When the wind comes across from right to left, when bowling to a right handed batsman, the ball will tend to swing away from the batsmen (outswinger).

Summary:

  • Aim rough side towards batsmen's off-side to produce swing away from the batsmen (outswinger)
  • Position seam away from the batsmen
  • Side on action with the arm coming across the body when following through
  • Cricket ball will swing in the direction of the wind.

Hopefully these pointers will help you produce an outswinger delivery. Good luck with your cricket.



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