Focus on First Class Fielding in your Cricket

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Mark Garaway is Head of Coach Education here and he is currently in the spotlight because we are proud to announce Garas' first ever online coaching course: First Class Fielding. The former England analyst is now at Millfield school with the remit of developing future internationals. Now he is passing on his deep knowledge of fielding to help you too. Click here for details.

Alongside Mark, there are over 40 more coaches with huge experience to help you improve your player's batting, bowling and fielding. You can explore the site here for more. If you like what you see, you can get the free newsletter here. Welcome to the community.

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Have a Wonderful Christmas from PitchVision Academy

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Neurotic, Extroverted or Stubborn: Training Motivation for Everyone

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We all have parts of our personalities we like and dislike. What's great is that whatever your personality, you can use it to motivate yourself to train better harder and longer.

And you know what that means: More runs and wickets!

You might be lucky and be the sort of person who loves training and playing all the time. This type of person tends to have an orderly, organised mind and high levels of resilience to call upon during hard and boring parts of training. Although that's not always the case.

But what if you are not like that? What if you have some barriers to training?

Bad Cricket Habits to Banish Next Year

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The new year is seen as a time to resolve to banish bad habits once and for all. We are all guilty of the odd discretion from time to time, yet we all want to improve as cricketers. So let's work together to banish the poor habits and replace them with efficient and effective ones instead.

If you are any good, your career might just depend on it.

Cricket Show 291: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

"What do you think of Kieron Pollard's 25 yard deliveries?"

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

How to Become a Professional Cricketer

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So you want to play professional cricket.

Congratulations on setting your goal. Now the work starts.

This guide will talk you through the practical and philosophical basics of becoming a professional cricketer. Your location will vary the specifics slightly, but the basic principles still apply wherever you are in the world. 90% of what you do to become a cricketer in India or Sri Lanka is the same as in Australia, England or anywhere else.

There are also some helpful links through the article to give you some more reading and advice. So get stuck in and get to the nets.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Straight Driving

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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.

Quick Tip: If You Lack Genetic Cricket Gifts, Make Up the Difference

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There is no doubt that genetics play a part in cricket: If you are tall and strong you can be better at fast bowling than if you are short and weak. If you have poor concentration your batting will suffer. These are hard-wired traits.

Yet you can make up the difference.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 48: Season Finalé

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It's the last show in the season before the team's Christmas break. Garas is out with an injury but Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss influences in 2014 from cricketers through Johnny Wilkinson to American comedians.

Plus, there are questions answered on 25 yard deliveries, and developing SAQ style training for fast bowlers. It's a perfect Christmas gift from us to you. See you in 2015!

Catch it Soon: First Class Fielding with Mark Garaway

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Garaway Announces Guide to First-Class Fielding Skills

Learn Cutting-Edge Catching and Throwing Skills

PitchVision Academy are delighted to announce Director of Coach Education Mark Garaway's first online coaching course, available on January 22nd.

Click here for full details.

We are delighted to have Garas first video coaching guide because his coaching CV in unparalleled. After a career in county cricket he moved into coaching aged 26 at Hampshire Academy, moving though Hampshire up to England analyst, Ireland Cricket, ECB Coach Education and his current role at one of England's premier cricket schools: Millfield.

There is no doubt that Mark Garaway is one of the premier coaches working in the world today. And that means you can apply his experience and advice with your team too.

Thank You India: What English Cricketers Learned from the Indian Experience

I'm writing this week's article from a coach travelling from Jalandhar to Delhi. The green countryside is rushing past and there are lots of Millfield cricketers chatting about the wonderful experiences that they have picked up to date on our Indian cricket adventure.

We have played 8 games so far in our 2 squads. We have 4 wins, 1 tie and 3 losses to our name. That's a fantastic effort considering the completely alien conditions that all the players have encountered: Heat, dust, spinning pitches, lots of spinners, doosras, excellent players and lots of travel have provided the challenge to our 29 players. They are doing brilliantly.

The biggest learning outcomes for me have been:

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