- Some teams always play for the draw. Too many times a captain will blame the opposition for a boring draw. There are very few sides who deliberately aim to go for the bore draw. More likely, neither captain has taken control of the game enoughto keep it close. The answer: Be prepared to take a risk. You will play in a lot less draws.
- Sport psychology is for mental cases. Whether you know it or not, you are using psychology every time you play. Cricket is a game just as much of the head as the body. So don't ignore the mumbo jumbo as there are plenty of easy to use techniques to improve your game without having to lie on the shrinks couch.
- A good tea is a plate of cakes. A well planned diet can make you a better player by giving you access to the right fuel at the right time. So cut back the cakes and maybe remember to pack a banana in your bag. It could make the difference at the end of a long session in the field.
- You put us in, you bowl us out. You don't always have to bat as long as you can for as many runs as you can manage. If you take the game away from your opponents that much then ask yourself, is your bowling good enough to knock over all 10 when they are set on saving the game? It's unlikely.
- Getting fit needs long, boring runs. Running is great for fitness, but not for cricket fitness. Why? Your body adapts in a very specific way so to get fit for cricket try interval running. It's more fun too.
- 'Who's winning?' is a question women and Americans ask. Avoiding the sexism and racism in that comment, knowing who is on top and who is behind is a vital and subtle skill to have: Especially if you are fielding second. If you don't know who is winning, how are you going to control the game?
- Suntan lotion is only for sunny days. What with the risk of skin cancer, the time to apply suntan lotion (factor 15 or higher) is anytime you are playing in summer. That's because harmful UV rays come through cloud cover.
- Weight training makes you too bulky for cricket. While technically this is true, you would have to really work hard to get like that. Firstly you would have to lift a lot of heavy weight in the same way bodybuilders do. Second, you would have to do no stretching at all. Third you would have to eat like a horse trying to bulk up. So it's not going to be a worry for anyone to do a few weights a couple of times a week.
- Cricket is played side on. There are still many coaches who tell players to do things in a certain way like to bowl sideway on or keep a high elbow. A more natural way to learn is to work out the best way for your own body to do things after a few core tips from the coach. After all, that's how Bradman did it (word document).
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