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The Bowler's Art: Understanding Spin, Swing and Swerve Paperback – 23 Jan 1992

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (23 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713634480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713634488
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on 5 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Brian Wilkins writes from a unique dual perspective, as scientist and leg-spin bowler. His book makes no concessions to the lazy reader, but fuses hard research and years of cricket experience in the relentless search for what really happens between the bowler letting go of the ball and the batsman trying to hit it. No stone is unturned, and no sacred cow is safe - many widely-held beliefs are unceremoniously consigned to the dustbin. As a passionate cricketer and coach myself, I'd say it's simply the best book about the techniques of the game that has ever been written.
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Clear, concise and very readable. This book cuts through a lot of the rubbish spoken about the game and the jargon used within it, putting the game in perspective historically and also unmasking the relaity of bowling. This is a book for England players, village cricketers and anyone who wants to know more about the physics of bowling a cricket ball, and more importantly, how to bowl the ball to greatest effect.
Confused over swing, flippers and googlies? Read this book.
A coach looking for a better way of understanding spin, drift (aka swerve) & swing? Read this book.
Young player wanting to follow the greats of the bowling world (esp. the ledgendary SF Barnes of England.) Read this book.
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I have been a cricket nut for over 30 years but this book transformed my view of bowling. As well as debunking a number of myths (with the aid of experimental data!) it explains very clearly the distinction between swing and swerve, and between cut and spin. I found it especially interesting on spin bowling, and particularly about the way in which different kinds of spin affect the ball's trajectory through the air.

You should be warned that the author (writing in the late 1990s) takes a hard line on the 'reverse swing' phenomenon, regarding it as an unworthy and illegal practice however it is achieved. Some of us may agree to differ with him about this. Leaving that aside, this is a great book. If you are a bowler or a coach you will not be unaffected by reading it.
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This book has an excellent level of detail and debunks some of the myths of bowling as well. Well worth the money.
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