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Short of a length

Short of a length (sometimes referred to as "back of a length") is a term used in the sport of cricket. It describes a delivery from the bowler that pitches short of the optimum length. This delivery can be dangerous for a batsman as it can bounce higher into the midriff. Also, the delivery can be extremely useful to a seam bowler. Good exponents include Stephen Harmison and Glenn McGrath.

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