mystery ball



  • noun a ball bowled by a slow bowler that moves off the pitch in an unexpected way
    Citation ‘With his arsenal of leggies, toppies, zooters, shooters, sliders, flippers – not mention the crucial mystery ball that does absolutely nothing but flummoxes batsmen merely because it is so laden with potential menace – he blends technique and spontaneity, consistency and surprise’ (Mike Marqusee, The Hindu 1 October 2004)