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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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Play Better Cricket by Simplifying, Not Reducing

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Simplicity is good, but you can over-simplify and that's a barrier to your best performance.

Take the example of the advice to "just watch the ball". This gives you the freedom to stop worrying about technique and play on your instincts. It's wise words. Yet for some it can be a reduction too far because many things can go wrong and you ignore them because you are focusing just on the ball.

How to Reach Your Genetic Potential for Cricket

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Is there anything more tragic than the talented player who wastes his ability?

This person plays effortlessly when everything is working, but too many days on the pitch are missed with low scores or average bowling spells. If you can sum it up in one word it's "enigmatic".

Maybe you are a person like this.

You can feel that you have talent, but you are frustrated by your inability to consistently and drain every last drop. The route to becoming a cricketer feels frustratingly just out of reach and the difference is simply tapping into your genetic potential.

Here's what you do to get the most from your talent.

Cricket Show 287: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

"I want to know when to bowl variations during an over."

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

Make Cricket Practice Constructive with this Boxing Drill

This is a guest article from Matt Thompson, Cricket Performance Director at Cardiff Metropolitan University. For more of Matt's work, find him on twitter and read his blog.

Picture the scene. It's time for training. You, as a batsman, have your regular opportunity for a constructive practice session with your coach or fellow team mates. Before you put your pads on, consider what does constructive actually mean? What does it look like for you?

Too many times at club, academy and university level, "constructive" takes the form of the batsman playing a glorious array of inappropriate shots without a game context in mind, inevitably squandering their wicket on a host of occasions.

I would be lying if I said I’ve never had one of these before myself as a player!

That is not constructive. So what is? Following on from David's article on having clear goals at open nets, here is one example of what "constructive" looks like.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Pressure? What Pressure?

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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.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 44: When to Bowl Variations

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The headlines are often grabbed by bowler's with great variations, yet it's easy to get confused about when to best use the variations you have, be they bouncer, yorker, arm ball or googly. Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss the details of this on the show.

Plus, there are discussions on "playing blind", dealing with recurring injury and if there is an off position on the genius switch.

Download, plug in and listen up!

Heart in the Oven, Head in the Fridge: Coaching Control in Critical Game Moments

The next element in our guide to recognising and developing mental toughness in our players relates to "Critical Moment Control" (CMC).

What is CMC? It's often described by the quote "heart in the oven and head in the fridge".

Players high in CMC always make the right judgements under pressure. Not only do they make the right decisions, they also follow through and deliver the goods: Clear mind, clear thinking, and unwavering execution.

These players control the situation with a strong mind: The situation does not control them. They show skilful thinking, skilful risk taking, and skilful execution. Each one is a great player to have around when it comes to finishing games off.

Is it Time to Stop Inexperienced Bowling Machine Feeders Delivering Short Balls?

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Coach Gary Palmer wants to know your opinion on how to train playing the short ball.

Are we pushing the boundaries of safety?

It's time to stop inexperienced and underage people feeding short pitched deliveries on bowling machines.

What to do at Open Cricket Nets

How do you train when the coach or captain says "do what you like, just get something meaningful done"?

Modern coaches are all about giving players freedom to train. This means you need to be self-reliant as a player and work out your own training, even at group sessions. Yet often I see players given freedom and unsure what to do with it. They end up with a half-hearted warm up and getting a few throw downs under the guise of "getting my eye in".

We can do better than that.

So, the next time you have to direct your own training, if there is a coach there or not, here is what to do.

Creating New Pontings: Coaching Inner Drive

Last week I introduced the 4 elements that define mental toughness. Today we move on to understanding and developing "Inner Drive".

Players scoring high on inner drive are completely self-motivated individuals in any given situation.

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