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  • n. a type of ball, bowled by a leg spin bowler, that spins forward and, when bouncing off the pitch, bounces higher than expected and slows down


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  • He tries the same shot again but edges it down to point and there's no run, then Ajmal bowls a top-spinner that Bresnan tries to sweep but it's too quick and bounces too high for Bresnan.

    England v Pakistan – as it happened!

  • Ian Westwood was trapped in front by a top-spinner that hurried on to him, Luke Parker was beaten by bounce and turn, Dougie Brown by a sharply breaking fizzer, Nick Knight caught behind and Tim Groenewald padded up to a googly.

    Adil Rashid

  • "You can get away with being a big top-spinner like (Carlos) Moya or a guy who stands up at the baseline and tries to push you around like (Andre) Agassi, and you can come in and attack the net and knock off volleys like me and (Roger) Federer," said American Taylor Dent, who was waiting in the players lounge during Monday's rain delay before his match against top-seeded Agassi was postponed until today. - Favorites surface in New York

  • Following Trott, Chawla sends in a whipping top-spinner first up to Bell and a loud appeal goes up from the buoyant Indians. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Ryan ten Doeschate (10) mowed across the line of a Schofield top-spinner to go leg before and two overs later Flower's sliced drive against the leg-spinner picked out Symonds at long-on. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • The first Test centurion was deceived by a top-spinner as he went for the slog sweep.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

  • In an identical dismissal off the very next ball, Harbhajan got rid of Duminy, who was also trapped in front playing to a top-spinner.

    The Times of India

  • Thirty-five thousand people held their collective breath as he held on to an offering from Jacques Kallis - who misjudged a top-spinner from Harbhajan Singh that bounced a bit more than expected while he attempted a slog sweep.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • A marvellous top-spinner nearly had Kallis in front of his stumps, but the batsman was struck just outside the line of the off-stump.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Most of my wickets came from this ball, oddly, because it bounced so much, though it was probably the top-spinner which ended my aspirations as a cricketer as I soon got the major yips.

    The Corridor (a cricket blog)


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