back spin



  • noun a reverse spin imparted to the ball, making it lose pace significantly after pitching, with little or no lateral deviation. The ball is said to ‘hang’, as it comes on to the bat much more slowly than would have been predicted from its speed in the air.
    Citation ‘Back spin is undercut applied to the back half of the ball, and is more easily put on with a low action’ (E.R. Wilson, Badminton Library Cricket (1920 edn))