Focus on First Class Fielding in your Cricket

Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your complete, ever-updated guide to coaching better cricket.

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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3 Reasons Why Good Bowlers Want the Keeper to Stand Up

Ego has been the downfall of many a cricketer. Consider the good batsman who gets himself out against a part-time bowler. The bowler doesn’t have to do much because the batter loses concentration against someone with lesser skills.

It’s just the same for club seamers.

A decent league cricket keeper can easily stand up to the average medium pace bowler on the average club wicket. Yet time and time again ego gets in the way.

Fielding Drills: Sprint and Throw

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To develop straight ahead speed, acceleration and stopping followed by the skills of picking up and throwing.

Description: Player 1 sprints forwards as fast as possible to intercept the ball rolled by the coach/keeper. Player 2 sets off at a sprint after player 1 runs past.

Improve Your Wicketkeeper and Improve Your Cricket Team

You never see a good side with a bad wicketkeeper.

By definition a team that is taking wickets has to have a brave, alert and vocal gloveman who holds his catches and keeps fielding standards high. Despite this, wicketkeeping skills are often ignored at practice.

Come to Durham for PitchVision Academy Live!

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The North East of England is set to experience the latest in interactive cricket coaching, and we want you to be there.

Our world-famous coaching event is back, and this time we go to the Emirates ICG: home ground of Durham CCC in Chester-le-Street for PitchVision Academy Live!

To book your place at the event on 11th March 2011, click here.

Marcus Trescothick Catches Up with PitchVision Academy

Marcus Trescothick has signed with Mongoose Cricket for the 2011 season. The former-England opener will be using the innovative smaller bats to smite county bowlers to all corners of Taunton come the summer.

To celebrate this, Marcus, Mongoose and SPIN Magazine teamed up to put on a night talking cricket in London. I was lucky enough to go along and get 5 minutes to chat with ‘Banger’ before his big interview.

Cricket Show 102: Playing Strong Opponents and Building a Team

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The number of lady listeners plummet on this show as Burners is away in an undisclosed location. But the cricket coaching advice still comes thick and fast.

4 (+2) Tools All Spinners Can Use to Get Wickets

In part one we looked at the art of flight, in this part we expand on the theory to show you how to use different ways to flight the ball to get wickets.

When you combine topspin and backspin with subtle changes of pace you have four new tools with which to dismiss the batsman:

You Don’t Have To Be Captain to Be an Influential Leader

Cricket is supremely unpredictable. It’s the players who can take responsibility under pressure that turn difficult situations into measured wins. These players are the true leaders of a side, whether they are captain or not.

Fielding Drills: Rob the Nest

This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To develop speed, agility and ball handling skills in a pressure situation

The Art of Flight: How to Deceive the Batsman with More than Spin

What spin bowler hasn't heard these clichés in his cricketing career?

"Toss it up" the young spin bowler is so often told. "You've got to flight the ball, give it some air, and get it above the batsman's eye line".

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