You’re impatient. You want success and you want it fast.
But batting is frustrating: You lack opportunities to practice and play in ways that help you improve. Even when you do get your chance you get a great ball first up and have to wait a week for another bat.
So here are six ways you can make to most of the chances you have and get ahead of the crowd to become a top-quality batsman in as short a time as possible.
1. Keep it Simple
Batting styles differ wildly, but one thing remains simple and true: Classy bastmen are world-class in the basics.
- They have a setup that keeps their head still, eyes level and move to the ball in good alignment.
- They are ready and focused on the ball as it is released.
- They have confidence in their game-plan.
So the first thing you need to look at is your setup, backswing and initial movement. Most people think they have it licked.
Spend time in the nets and be totally sure about it. Get someone to watch it or video yourself.
Where is you backlift going?
Are your eyes level?
Is your trigger move keeping you aligned?
I really hope a dragon slayer destroys these cricket myths soon.
They are dragons that stop perfectly decent players doing a good job. Instead of a focus on the powerful things we can do to improve our game, we cower, afraid of the excuse dragons. It's time to go out with swords of truth to hunt every one down.
If you have ever said - or thought - any of the following it's OK to admit it. We all have at some point. This is a place where we can start again and get to the slaying.
So let's slay these dragons:
We duly set up a drill with a bowling machine to work on leg side takes.
The machine was previously set up for right arm over, pitching on off stump, so rather than adjust the machine we:
- Set the swing to 3 to send the ball down the leg side
- Set the speed on 55mph
- Moved the stumps forward in the net to allow space for the keeper
In a group of three; one person fed the ball into the machine as normal, one keeper acted as batsman and the third keeper was performing the drill standing up behind the stumps.
The problem was that even the best keeper was missing most balls down the leg side.
The basic drill was just too difficult and so it was hard to make improvements. The ball was swinging after it had pitched (a common trait of a bowling machine delivery) and was swinging away from the gloves.
2015 was a very odd Ashes. When the ball swung significantly England won. When the ball didn't swing for long periods Australia compiled heavy first innings scores and won as a result of scoreboard pressure.
Only 6 batters (Root, Rogers, Warner, Smith, Cook and Ali) averaged over 30 in the series. Cook and Rogers are Test match specialists, Warner adapted his method during the series, Smith and Root swapped over as World number one batters and there is a good chance that England's number 8 in this series will open the batting in the next one!
Other than these players, there were a lot of "walking wickets" on show in the series. Especially when either side got the ball to move laterally. As coaches, we have a huge role to play in the development of cricketers who have the skills to cope with balls that swerve in and out and also deck off of the pitch.
This comes in the technical wisdom that we impart on the players and also in the way that we expose the batters to tough conditions and to swinging balls.
Technically, when the ball swings, the feet have a tendency not to move.
Jos Buttler showed this in the last couple of test matches. His only method was to try and save himself with his excellent hand to eye coordination. But even that wasn't enough in tough batting conditions.
So what could Jos do to prepare himself for lateral moving conditions in the future?
Research into fast bowling has revealed two simple changes to your action goes 50% of the way to top bowling speed.
Forget about "hip drive", "chest drive" and "pulling your non-bowling arm in": It's all about the feet and legs at the crease. This simple knowledge, which so far has been ignored by coaches, can be turned to your advantage.
Closing date: 7th September 2015
Just outside Melbourne the Murrumbeena Cricket club was formed in 1910 and has a long and proud history. The club offers a very welcoming and family orientated environment and is centrally based at Murrumbeena Park in Murrumbeena and offers excellent training and playing facilities.
The club currently field 4 senior turf teams in the VTCA. The club has a vibrant Junior Program with over 200 kids participating - 12 junior under age teams in the SDCCL (including an All Girls team), T20 blast teams and a healthy Milo in2Cricket program. Murrumbeena was awarded the SDCCL Junior Club of the Year in 2014.
Does it seem a bit old fashioned to say "pitch it up, hit the stumps"?
In these days of slower ball bouncers, enforcers and bowling dry outside off stump you might think so. Actually, it's still an effective way to bowl in most situations.
Swing bowler on a slow English pitch in May? Yes.
Spinner on a Bunsen burner? Absolutely.
Fast bowler on a flat deck? Without doubt.
Go to nets, do your drills and play cricket. These are the steps to improving your skills. But how much time does it really take to make it as a cricketer?
One answer looked at in the last 10 years is 10,000 hours: A number plucked off the back of a study into top class violists, and popularised by authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Geoff Colvin. The idea has since been expanded to cricket. People have stated that simply training every day for 10 years will take you to of the cricket tree.
Hard work, yes, but you know what you need to do. It's been proven by science.
I got 10,000 problems
Except, in recent times, the headline of "10,000 hours" has demotivating to people who play club and school cricket. Most of us can't dedicate so much time to the game. If you train, on average, four hours a month, mastery will take 208 years!
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