Cricketer James Anderson gives a swing-bowling masterclass

Swing-blowing is a popular technique in cricket, as it causes the ball to move sideways in the air, confusing the batsman. It is used when one side of the ball becomes rougher than the other, causing that half to become less streamlined, and involves spinning the ball so that the revolutions come back towards the bowler.

Discover the perfect swing-bowling technique and discover how it effects the ball with this masterclass from English cricketer James Anderson…

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