Finding that elusive front-line spinner

What is a spinner?
Spinners are slow bowlers who use flight, dip and turn to deceive batsmen. Their modus operandi is often to obtain turn from the pitch but if the surface is not conducive to their style of bowling, they revert to flight, dip and changes of pace to outfox batsmen

Types of spinners
Off break, leg break, slow left arm and left-arm chinaman

What defines a front-line spinner?
It is their ability to take wickets regularly while also maintaining a chokehold on the run rate. Spinners who can do both are a dime a dozen and not all test countries have succeeded under all conditions. Their economy and strike rates define their jobs

Best operating conditions
Surfaces that are dry, cracked and with bounce, where the ball is able to grip and turn. The amount of turn imparted on a ball is directly proportional to the amount of revolutions imparted on a ball

Top test spin wicket takers in each test-playing nation

Australia > Shane Warne 708

Bangladesh > Shakib-Al-Hasan 122

< England Derek Underwood 297

< India Anil Kumble 619

New Zealand > Daniel Vettori 292

Pakistan > Danish Kaneria 261

< South Africa Paul Adams* 134

< Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 800

West Indies > Lance Gibbs 307

Zimbabwe > Ray Price 80

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* Adams is South Africa’s best spinner since readmission Photos: Wikipedia, BackPagepix, Getty Images

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