May 10, 2006

Offbeat

School's out as Warne turns on the magic

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Scandals and regular tabloid appearances never seem to erode Shane Warne's mastery on the field, with England seeking his divine help to arrest their legspin woes. And no better way than to start with young kids in the 'Spin to Win' programme, as Derek Pringle elaborates in The Telegraph.

When he demonstrates the grip, the three-quarter size ball looks vulnerable as he clamps it into his powerful right hand. For the last 15 years, cricket balls around the world have been squeezed, exhorted and spun with such ferocity from that hand that it should look deformed.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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