Post by Peter Post by the Omrud Post by Sid Nuncius
Sorry about this but....
Oh, Jimmy, Jimmy
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson
Thank you. That's better out than in.
I thought I'd better pop in to mention that he lives around the corner
This thread has been a mystery to me. But on the news this morning I
learned that *fast* bowler Jimmy Anderson had taken (is that the right
word?) 600 test wickets. While a multiplicity (three?) of *spin*
bowlers had already taken that many wickets.
That puzzled me. I understand (not really, but never mind) that spin
can be applied to a ball, but I had supposed that bowlers sometimes made
the ball spin and sometimes did not, just to try to mislead the batsman.
So there are (are there?) fast bowler who always bowl fast, spin bowlers
who always bowl spinning balls, etc, etc. My guess is that there is no
such thing as a fast spin bowler because if there was there would be a
demarcation dispute (remember them?) and Frances O'Grady would be on the
news being interviewed about it.
<steps forward> In my last game of cricket(1) more wickets were taken
off my bowling than from any other bowler on either side.
That was because, as I ran up to the crease, I had no idea what sort
of a ball I was going to bowl. Leg spin, off spin, flat spin, tail
spin, I hadn't a clue what the ball was going to do until after it had
left my hand. Sometimes it just went straight ahead. So any attempt
by the batsman to read my eyes or body language was doomed to failure.
(1)By which I mean the last one I played, not my final, forever
(2)Although, given that game was more than twenty-five years ago it
might be that as well