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Old August 16, 2005, 12:03 PM
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Default Merlyn repeats Warne trick for Gatting

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Mike Gatting, twelve years after Shane Warne bamboozled him with ‘the ball of the century’, once more found himself confounded at Old Trafford.

But rather than being deceived by the legendary leg-spinner, this time the former England captain was undone by Merlyn, the bowling machine that has been helping Michael Vaughan’s men in their Ashes preparations.

However, Merlyn, who Warne has called his new best friend, failed to repeat the bowler’s incredible 1993 delivery that turned almost at right angles to take Gatting’s off-stump and the former Middlesex skipper was unable to show the world whether his technique now could have handled it.

To make matters worse, Merlyn, in a duel in the Old Trafford nets, managed to dismiss Gatting with a much gentler ball, one that pitched on middle and leg and kissed his bat on the way to where first slip would have stood.

A gracious Gatting, was full of praise for the machine afterwards.

‘It’s very good provided the feeder doesn’t tell you a lie about whether it’s a leg-break or a googly that’s coming out because you can’t see the ball out of a bowler’s hand,’ Gatting said.

‘As a coaching product, it can teach you to pick up on the length, pick up on the line of the ball to play the shots you feel you can play. It gives you a bit of confidence and can help you learn to play the appropriate shot.

‘And it is like playing a real bowler in the sense that sometimes they just don’t turn.’

Warne, whose dismissal of Gatting meant he took a wicket with his first ball in Ashes cricket, became the first man to claim 600 in Tests during the ongoing third Test at Old Trafford.

But in England’s second innings the great man was rendered mortal with a haul of none for 74 in 25 overs.

Although Warne has dismissed the machine, England batsmen regard Merlyn highly and its creator Henry Pryor says it can bowl every delivery under the sun. ‘It’s the wizard you see, and it is spelt the proper Welsh way,’ he said.

‘Shane Warne may have dismissed it but he would feel differently if he were to realise he could have a Merlyn of his very own and he could programme it as he programmes himself and it would keep bowling his balls long after he is gone. It could immortalise him, I suppose.’

More Articles on Merlyn:
Merlyn aims to bring out magician in Vaughan
Why Merlyn has magic touch

Edited on, August 16, 2005, 5:05 PM GMT, by TheWatcher.
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Old August 16, 2005, 12:08 PM
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wow. we should get one of those toys.
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Old August 16, 2005, 12:12 PM
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but still u have to read the bowl from bowlers hand
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Old August 17, 2005, 12:46 AM
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That is a must get for BD.....
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Old August 17, 2005, 08:57 AM
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How much one of them cost???
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