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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.

Want to be part of it? Just browse around and get the free email newsletter. Then use the advice in nets and at games. With online coaching of this quality, how can you do anything but succeed?

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Use These Better "Fillers" at Nets to Improve Fitness and Keep Injuries Away

It's a simple and effective training method to add "filler" exercises to net sessions to help with fitness training. You know the type of thing; adding in press ups and sprints between balls to increase fatigue and bump up fitness. Here is a perfect example. We have done this kind of work for years.

I'm sure if I asked you to name a few simple things players could do, you quickly think of exercises like press ups, chin ups, squats and lunges. How about we add a few more into the mix that will also prevent injury. Plus, it gets a bit dull doing lunges, so why not mix it up?

Naturally, you won't want to run fillers at every nets you do. It depends on your goal for the session, but the fact is that these movements tick a lot of boxes: They save time, they reduce injury and they test your technique under fatigue. If you want to do those things, get going!

Dare You Use This Terrifying Batting Drill?

This is a guest posted drill from Laurie Ward of Complete Cricketer Academy.

This is the most terrifying batting drill you will ever experience. We call it "The Nazgul" because in Lord of the Rings, nothing is as scary as a Nazgul!

For the coach, it brings out the inner sadist. For the players, it's a way to work on hitting the ball into the right areas, even when you are exhausted and just want it to stop. It won't because there is no respite.

And also for that reason, we are careful about who we put through the pain. We do this with older junior and senior players with a of fitness and cricket, and some signs of mental strength. To help with motivation - which you will need - we have a league table and benchmark the levels.

So what is this awful experience?

How to Become a Self-Sufficient Cricketer

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Do you need a coach to be a good cricketer?

Shane Warne didn't think so. He was famous for scoffing at coaching and encouraging players to rely on themselves to get better. He had a point. No one can help you once you walk onto the field, can they? You might as well learn how to do it yourself.

So what does the self reliant cricketer look like?

Cricket Show 283: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Get Close to the Stumps

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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 40: A Pile of Old Curtains

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You want some creative drillology? Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery to talk about power hitting with some curtains. As if that wasn't enough we also get some basketballs in on the action.

It's all in the 30 minute show that also contains tips for bowlers on how to deal with twinkle toes batters, and a detailed discussion on bullying in cricket. We discover what it really is, how to handle it as a player and how to deal with it as a coach.

Download, listen and enjoy.

Use the Imaginary Tunnel to Boost This Batting Style

Have you noticed that some batters set up differently?

Bent knees and a slightly wider base are notable in Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Smith and Gary Ballance. They move completely differently. Their movements don't relate to those coaching words and terms that I have often been exposed to in during my 22 year coaching career.

How do you coach players like this when they struggle with technical issues?

How Much Do You Need to Spend on Your New Cricket Bat?

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Revered, adored and - when you get out to a mistimed drive - hated. The cricket bat is the icon of of batting. It stands to reason you should spend a lot.

Except, what if cost is not tied to quality quite as closely as we all assume? And if that's true; how much do you really need to spend to get a "gun" bat?

We have all heard stories of the extremes. Your mate bought a second hand plank and it turned out to produce 1000 runs in a season. A friend of a friend bought a top-of-the-range branded beast that had a smaller middle than a supermodel on a crash diet. You don't want to spend extra if there is no need, but you also want to make sure you get enough. So, here are the things you need to consider when checking out your next blade:

How to Prepare for a Cricket Trial

Trials are unique: The feeling of nervousness on arrival, the pressure of your first delivery and - hopefully -the feeling of excitement as they crunch a pull shot from the “big lad”.

Here are a few tips. They may not revolutionise your stats at the end of the season, but will install a game plan, or a little structure to your trial. Possibly taking you from a player who just missed out, to the one that snuck in the back door.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 39: Conquering the Nervous Nineties

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If you are reading this, and listening to the show, the chances are that you would like a job in cricket. As host Sam Lavery is in charge of the PitchVision cricket jobs board, he joins David Hinchliffe to chat about job hunt tips, finding a role and jobs in your facebook feed.

Plus, it's not all career advice. There is plenty of cricket, including a batsman with the nice problem of getting out in the 90s, and what to do when everyone is telling you that you are not playing well.

Download the show to listen in.

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