Cricket: How to hit a hook shot


There are a few tutorial videos lurking out there in the wilds of YouTube – but how better to show the hook in all its glory than by posting this clip of the master Ricky Ponting taking a short ball for a ride to deep, deep leg.

Ricky makes the hook shot look easy. In reality it’s one of cricket’s toughest, requiring the batsman to swing across his body and the ball’s flight path. A small mistake in timing can mean being bowled ignominiously – or taking a ball in the throat.

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