One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dated, offensive A native of China.
A ball that spins from off to leg, bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman.
- ‘In the 1960s Gary Sobers became the greatest of them all, offering quick left arm bowling, medium pace swing, orthodox slow left arm spin and even a Chinaman and its googly to record-breaking batsmanship.’
- ‘Sobers' career as a Chinaman and googly bowler was short.’
- ‘On the other hand, Chinaman, a ball bowled in cricket by a left-handed bowler that spins from off to leg, may have an allusion to deceitfulness or false appearance, same as in Indian summer.’
- ‘Intriguingly his left-arm Chinaman bowling continued to worry the batsmen, and Flintoff's attempt to paste him out of the ground failed for a second time to an outfield catch.’
- ‘This is the left-arm Chinaman bowler's first career 10-wicket haul in any form of the game and comes just over a year since he played his last Test against Australia at Kingsmead.’
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