Left-arm unorthodox spin

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A left-arm unorthodox spin, more commonly known as a slow left-arm Chinaman (SLC), is a type of delivery used in cricket by a left arm bowler. The bowler will use his wrist to spin the ball in order for it to turn from off to leg for a right handed batsman. This exactly mirrors a leg spin bowler (who bowls right handed). A slow left arm Chinaman bowler may also have a "googly" ("wrong'un" in Australia) which turns in the opposite way in order to trick the batsman.

This style of bowling is very uncommon, as it is a difficult style of bowling to master, and the natural "turn" into right-handed batsmen is usually less dangerous than the spin away from the batsman generated by a left-arm orthodox spin bowler. Very few specialist bowlers of this type have played at Test level: the South African Paul Adams is perhaps the best known recent practitioner, although his technique is highly unorthodox in every sense of the word. In recent times, Michael Bevan and Brad Hogg have also bowled chinamen as all-rounders for the Australian team. In 2004, Dave Mohammed of the West Indies bowled this style in Tests against England. However, the most famous practitioner of the art was West Indian all-rounder Garfield Sobers, although he performed it as a third bowling style. Previously, "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith bowled in this fashion for Australia in the Thirties.

The term "Chinaman" to describe this particular style of bowling is believed to relate to former West Indian spin bowler Ellis "Puss" Achong. Achong, the first test cricketer of Chinese ancestry, bowled a delivery turning from off to leg and had the English batsman Walter Robbins stumped as a result. Legend has it that Robbins, as he walked back to the pavillion, remarked to the umpire, "Fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman".

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