Over the years Australia has produced some of the greatest spin bowlers the world has seen.
In The Magic of Spinwe meet more than forty masters of the art.
They include Bill O'Reilly, who Sir Donald Bradman claimed to have been the greatest bowler of his experience; Clarrie Grimmett, arguably the 'father' of spin bowling in Australia; and the greatest spinner of the modern era, Shane Warne.
The many other spin bowlers included in the book include Arthur Mailey, Don Blackie, Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Jack Iverson, Richie Benaud, Jim Higgs, Tim May, Stuart MacGill and Nathan Lyon. Spin bowlers in cricket are masters at making the ball loop slowly through the air to confuse batsmen.
Legends of the game know the magic combinations of top-spin, side-spin and off-spin necessary to fool the opposition.
The Magic of Spin, dissects the various aspects of spin bowling through the stories of the bowlers themselves.
In addition it includes the history and evolution of spin bowling: the wrong'un or googly was 'invented' by Bernard (BJT) Bosenquet; Grimmett 'invented' the flipper, the ball Warne in later years bowled so brilliantly; and Bill O'Reilly learned about spin bowling by watching Grimmett like a hawk in Test matches.
The batsmen who have played the great spinners through the years will also help to explain the dark art of spinning. 'Spin bowling is magical and to a lot of people [a few batsmen included] a mystery.' - Ian Chappell
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 288 pages, Text with 1c photos throughout
- Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
- Publication Date: 26/12/2019
- Category: Cricket
- ISBN: 9781743795781