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Hold the ball The ball should be held in the fingers not the palm of the right hand - if right-handed - the fingers being well wrapped round it - and should be lightly retained in its place by the thumb Many bowlers hold the ball in its place with the fingers of the other hand till the ball is swung back for delivery In delivering the ball the arm must be swung round in a semi-circle and stretched right out from the shoulder the nearer the arm is to the horizontal the more bias will there be on the bowling and the ball must be delivered as the chest and arm come square with the wicket If the delivery be earlier than this the ball will have a tendency to go wild to leg and if later to visit the slips The body must be held well upright the chest projected and great care must be taken to avoid stiffness of action the play of all the joints should be quite free and unrestrained It is well to acquire a fixed habit of delivery to accustom oneself to a certain unvarying regularity as of a machine The slight variation necessary to change the pitch etc of the ball will in a very short time become a mere matter of volition Even the number of steps in advancing to the wicket should be made a matter of custom to be rigidly adhered to The ball should not be allowed to leave the fingers all at once like a stone from a sling ie with no motion but a forward one a ball thus delivered is a very simple and easy one for a batsman to deal with The fingers must be unwrapped from the ball as it were singly and its final impulse should come from their tips this will impart to it the rotation on its axis or bias in
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