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Question: If I as a slow bowler, bowl a full toss just over the waist of the batsmen is it a no ball? Because i am so slow do I have a bit of leeway?

Answer: Law 42 6b (ii) answers your question where it states “A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.” Faster bowlers are penalised for bowling full pitch deliveries above the waist. The zone is extended to the shoulder for slower bowlers. Note, faster bowlers can put out of the attack after three occurrences of dangerous bowling in the one innings. Slow bowlers are merely “No Balled”.

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