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From batting and bowling to coaching and strength training, PitchVision Academy is your trusted source for better cricket. It has to be with big names like Kevin Pietersen, Nathan Bracken and Mark Garaway as part of the team of over 40 world-class mentors.

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Cricket Show 276: Competition Winner

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This week's winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Neerav. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I am a right handed opening batsman. I find it tough in picking the line and length of a ball early when facing short length balls. Also can you please give me some tips on playing the leg glance and the flick shot?"

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here.

How to Find Out What Works for You

You want to become a better cricket player, and there is no shortage of advice. The problem is, how do you work out what tips, tactics and techniques work best for you?

Cricket Show S5 Episode 33: Quickfire Coaching

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If you can't get enough cricket coaching and playing tips, this is the 30 minutes for you, with a focus on quickfire tips this week, including fielding drills, batting techniques, fast bowling, cricket tactics and how to bowl a bouncer!

Plus there are in-depth discussions on picking and playing short bowling, and how to fit an SAQ plan into your fast bowling training.

All that and much more, ready for download. Listen now!

Cure the Mid Season Slump with These Simple Tips (Part 2)

Last week we looked at a couple of trusted methods to turn mid season slumps into season ending purple patches.

But keeping a team firing right until the end of the summer is tough. The run in can seem endless, especially with poor form to cast doubt on ability. If last weeks strategies aren't completely doing the job then these additional upgrades will get your players right on track.

What Facebook Teaches About Cricket Advice

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"The worst vice is advice" - Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate

There is a strange thing that happens on the PitchVision Academy Facebook page, and it teaches something about human nature that you can take into your cricket.

 

You see, every day I post a video of a player using the PitchVision system from the thousands that hit our servers and here's the thing;

Stay Focused During Boring Nets with a Competitive Edge

I was chatting to Matt Dawson - Head Coach at Cricket Asylum - about the problem of young net bowlers "messing about".

I'm sure you recognise this: The session starts well but as attention span wanes, young bowlers tend to start entertaining themselves. The try to distract each other, run in while finishing a conversation or decide to "bowl leg spin" all of a sudden (and it goes into the side netting).

Of course, fun is a key aspect of training - especially in teenage players - but training time is limited and for most the goal is also to get better at cricket.

So how do you deal with it?

Matt's answer was insanely simple.

Drills to Get You Out of the Bowling Machine Blues

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Coach and county cricketer Chris Watling returns with another article, this time on bowling machines.

Bowling machines are not always good.

We all like to get on the machine and smack 3 or 4 buckets of cover drives. It's good for confidence, it's good to feel the ball out of the middle of the bat and it puts you in a good frame of mind.

Is it actually doing you any good?

The reality of it is, you know you can hit a cover drive well most of the time. How much do you really need to spend your limited practice time doing something you can already nail?

How much are you getting into position the ball even shoots out?

Isn't it better to expand your game by taking yourself out of your comfort zone?

Cricket Show S5 Episode 32: Free Weight vs. Bodyweight

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What is best for fitness training, bodyweight or machines?

That's one of the questions in the show that has been put to the team of Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe. The answer is in the show, along with some cooking tips from Lavers.

Plus the team discuss the importance of the hips in spin bowling, and how to get rotation through the hips and into the ball to give it a rip.

All that and much more, ready for download. Listen now!

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Making Things Happen

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

Cure the Mid Season Slump with These Simple Tips

Everyone wants to finish their season with some strong performances so they can w̶a̶l̶l̶o̶w̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶n̶o̶s̶t̶a̶l̶g̶i̶a̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶i̶o̶d̶ help their side complete their targets.

I know that many of your players will feel that this is completely out of their reach as they are stuck in a mid-season slump with the ball or the bat. Without intervention, a player relies on luck to get them back into form yet with appropriate mental and technical a player can be back on track for a late season purple patch.

Here are some mental tips that have worked for me with players as they go from slump to superstar.

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