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Brand New PitchVision Site is Here!

Welcome to the Academy section of PitchVision Interactive.

As you can see, we have a brand new site for you to enjoy. You have everything you had before from PitchVision, plus so much more. It's the same great advice, videos, drills and experienced coaches. You can still get to the archive for the huge back catalogue dating back almost 10 years.

Only now, you also get an incredible mobile experience. You can view the site on every screen from a tiny phone to a giant computer. Even better, it will all be tied in to the new PitchVision app so you can video and upload your training and matches right from your phone and onto PitchVision for review. After all, wherever your phone goes, you go. So why not use it to play better cricket?

One small thing is that the site is still being upgraded and looks a little sad on desktops at the moment. Please bear with us while we finish the decorating. It's a work in progress. Everything will be back to normal as soon as possible.

Enjoy and leave your feedback!

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What a TRAM And a Pair of Bowling Boots Will do to Your Fast Bowler's KPH

We check fast bowling actions, wrist positions and are fastidious with their strength and conditioning.

Yet do we check their shoes?

Thumb Position for Serious Swing Bowling

Serious Cricket continue with the tips. This time it's England's Chris Silverwood to talk swing bowling.

There are a lot of ways to grip the ball to make it swing. It varies a lot because different bowler's have different positions for the seam to match their action.

Plus, the condition of the ball varies.

However, one thing that you can rely on is your thumb position.

Quick Tip: How to Get the Team Together Again

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Bonga writes in with good career news and a problem,

"Next year I'm gonna be captain of my school Under 13 team. There is lots of arguing in team and feels very divided. How do I get the team together again?"

Sounds like a political nightmare.

Lucky for Bonga, it's probably not as bad as he thinks.

Every Cricketer Uses Sport Psychology

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"Visualisation" is an often misunderstood part of every cricketer's preparation. At a recent Twenty20 tournament, I discuss the common sense approach to sport psychology.

If you can't see the video above, click here.

Cricket Show 190: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"My son started playing cricket 3 years back. Recently he has started to play against the bowling machine. He is purely a front foot player with nice check drives and defence. His problem is the cut and pull. Even if the ball is slow and short he is not able to play the pull or cut, there is big difference to his front foot and back foot play. So what is the problem do you attribute to? How can this be rectified? Is he lacking hand eye coordination?"

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 Avoid Gambhir's Mistake When Batting With the Tail

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Gautum Gambhir is a fine batsman, but he got severe criticism from many quarters in the Test against England for being a selfish player.

When batting with the tail, Gambhir decided to play defensively scoring 6 runs in 27 balls. He combined this block with little effort to farm the strike and protect the weaker batters.

It got Shane Warne all hot and bothered.

Cricket Show 190: Throwing Over the Stumps

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Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe host cricket chat about a range of topics including Gara's tour to Dubai, fast bowling and a mysterious appearance from Burners.

The this week are about throwing on the bounce (or not) and a player with a great front foot game, but terrible back foot play.

Also listen out for Martin Gleeson of Cricket India Academy direct from Kabul to find out more about Afganistan cricket.

The Fast Bowling Talent Test

Many of the leading Cricket nations now use "Talent Testing" for 13 and upwards as a part of their talent identification process. I want to show you how to use some of these tests in your coaching.

Here is the first of the talent test drills that you can use to test players and then provide feedback that improves performance. What's not to love?

Quick Tip: Don't Be Afraid of Energy Leaks

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Recently a coach told me he thought the term "energy leak" was another example of coaching double-speak.

Words that make you sound clever but mean very little, if anything at all.

Now I'm there first name on the list against that kind of nonsense, but I had to disagree about energy leaks.

Sure, it does sound clever.

But it also means something very important.

Inside the Master Stroke Academy Mumbai

If you want to understand how deep passions run for cricket in Mumbai, just go to an Academy and watch young cricketers desperate for a chance to be the next Tendulkar.

But an Academy that has little success rarely lasts long. To succeed, the coaches need to have an even deeper passion than their charges. They need to be mindful and knowledgeable.