from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way.
But the most extraordinary thing about his success here is that Mr. Swann is basically an ordinary player: There's nothing flashy about him, he doesn't bowl a 'googly' or a 'doosra' or any of the other mystery deliveries that can leave batsmen looking bewildered.
Bernstein straight-batted everything, spotted every googly coming his way and generally kept a steady hand.
The origin of this word is unknown but the throw was invented by Bernard Bosanquet, an English cricketer. Also called a ‘bosie’ or ‘bosey.’