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Proteas coach Mark Boucher. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN
Proteas coach Mark Boucher. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN

In his playing days Paul Adams was often referred to as a “mystery spinner”. Commentators often said his unique bowling action resembled “a frog in a blender”. Now, with the benefit of super slow motion, it is possible to analyse the unplayable ball he delivered to Mark Boucher.  

He started his run-up with a wild allegation. Reaching the crease, he made a huge noise. He delivered the ball with a wide smear. But in his follow-through he ran off the pitch and out of the ground before the ball could be tested and examined.

The umpire, Dumisa Ntsebeza, adjusted his eyepatch and raised his finger before the ball even landed. What a pity the third umpire, that staunch defender of the constitution Lawson Naidoo, did not bother to call for a replay.

Andrew Barnard 
Orange Grove

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