Very interesting article from Ian Chappell over the weekend. “When bowlers are reduced to deliberately bowling wide and wickets come off batters’ errors, you know the balance isn’t right.” What, though, could be done?
“…his action is distinctly round-arm, and he delivers with his hand scarcely more than shoulder high…he is able, by turning his hand over at the moment of delivery, to put top spin on the ball, and to put drag spin on it by turning his hand the reverse way and cutting under it.”
Before considering some of the individual bowlers featured in Beldam & Fry’s Great Bowlers & Fielders (henceforth Great Bowlers), I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the range of bowling styles that would have been on display in the early 1900s. And it’s not quite what we see, today.