slower ball



  • noun a ball bowled by a fast bowler at a significantly lower speed than his usual delivery, with the intention of inducing the batsman to play the ball too early
    Citation ‘Cooley finds no less reward in … developing the country’s ablest teenagers than he did in helping Harmison perfect his slower ball, which in the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston so memorably did for Michael Clarke’ (Brian Viner, Independent 20 January 2006)
    Citation ‘The googly, in theory, is actually nothing more special than a slower ball or a bouncer – at one level all are ruses designed only to fool batsmen’ (Osman Samiuddin, Cricinfo Magazine February 2006)
    See also change of pace