reverse swing



  • noun a form of ‘swing’, or lateral movement of the ball in flight, in which the ball’s curving trajectory goes in the opposite direction to what a batsman would expect if assessing the ball’s likely behaviour from the way it is held and delivered; a ball with reverse swing on it will typically curve to a greater degree and later in its flight than a ‘conventionally’ swinging ball
    Citation ‘A slight decrease in speed as the ball approaches the batsman is required if the peculiar torque (“reverse swing”) created by the imbalance in the ball is to take effect’ (Marqusee 1994)
    Citation ‘Simon Jones’ … reverse swing was as unintelligible to the Australians as Bosanquet’s googly a hundred years earlier’ (Haigh 2005)
    See also ball-tampering
  • verb to make the ball swing in the direction opposite to what would be expected
    Citation ‘If you play on a wicket like Sharjah, the ball would be roughed up after 15 overs. All you have to do is shine one side and if you have the capability you will be able to reverse swing it’ (Imran Khan, Sportstar [Chennai] 14 May 1994)
    Citation ‘With all eyes on the slow bowlers, it was Munaf that struck the telling blows, reverse-swinging the ball at pace to do unto England what they had done to Australia during the Ashes series’ (Dileep Premachandran, Cricinfo Website, 13 March 2006)