Of course classical musicians have been doing this kind of thing for ever - exploiting the basic harmonic structures to place one tune on top of another - try the final movement of Mozart's Jupiter symphony for example.
But what about cricket? Where is the mash up in cricket? FB thinks that modern bowling is touched with the features of mash-up. Most fast bowlers now have a slower delivery - some have several different slower deliveries. Jade Dernbach for instance is reported to have one for every day of the week, or for every tattoo on his arm. To be effective the slower ball is overlaid on the bowler's usual action - it is not the run up or the speed of the arm that is different it is how the ball comes out - the grip on the ball is looser or release is earlier or later. The lethal slower ball looks like it is overpitched, the batsman might even fear it is a beamer but it dips and may even spin. The batsman might duck, or he plays early. He is done for.
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in the mash up stride
The most celebrated mash up ball in Test cricket might well be that which Steve Harmison bowled to Michael Clarke at Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes. But mash up balls come from other bowlers too - Shahid Afridi at one time had a change up ball which, after a series of slow leg breaks, would whizz in at over 70mph. Ouch.
But what of Fantasy Bob's slower ball - mystifyingly these days his slower ball and his effort ball are indistinguishable. Needless to say both are equally ineffective. He is reported to be working on an even slower ball.