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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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Why it’s OK to be a slow-scoring batsman

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Batsmen who like to take their time over scoring runs are seen as selfish. But there are times when slow scoring is essential to the success of a team’s innings.

It’s not all Geoff Boycott throwing away games just to have a red inker.

If you are a slow batsman yourself you will know acutely what I mean.

Fielding drills: Catching ladder

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

Purpose: To practice slip catching concentration under a pressure situation. And to have a fun game.

Description: The coach hits the ball out randomly to players in the line for close catches. Any fielder who drops the catch moves to the bottom of the ‘ladder’ (as shown on the left), everyone else moves up a place.

Adapting cricket drills: Improving skill under pressure

This article is part of a series designed to show you how to adapt cricket drills for your needs. To see the full list of articles in this series click here.

Every team has a net player. Perhaps it’s even you.

Playing as a unit: How to use a common cricket cliche to improve your cricket team

International players and coached these days are always going on about how they “performed as a unit” – fielded, batted, bowled.

Its 1984-style double-speak of course. That’s what you get when players are too scared to come out of cliché because they will be quoted out of context and sensationalised.

But lurking in the depths of this moribund press talk is a grain of truth we can use at any level.

Fielding drills: Underarm fitness

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Purpose: A drill that incorporates cricket skills into speed/endurance training. Can also be used as a pre-game warm up drill.

Description: Players get into equal team numbers. The first player in the queue at end A runs with the ball, places it down on the blue marker and runs to the back of end B.

When to introduce strength and endurance training to young cricketers

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This article is part 4 of the “How to use fitness training to make better young cricketers” series.

Some time in a cricketer’s early teens their focus shifts.

No, I’m not talking about the strange attraction to the opposite sex. I mean that the type of fitness training they can bear moves from movement skills to more traditional strength and endurance.

3 Things Mr Strong can teach you about cricket

“Mr Strong is the strongest person in the whole wide world.” - Roger Hargreaves

I’m not sure if children’s character Mr Strong ever played cricket, but if he did I’m betting he would be rather good at it.

Anyone who can throw a cannonball as far as you or I could throw a tennis ball has to be a useful bowler and fielder.

Adapting cricket drills: Improving skill practice

This article is part of a series designed to show you how to adapt cricket drills for your needs. To see the full list of articles in this series click here.

Drills that are designed to groove skills already learned rather than teach from scratch are the focus of this article.

Here we are going to assume that a player can perform the skill and have a feel for it, they just want to get better at it.

Tactics you should be using: Leave the field up

Knowing when to leave a fielder up or push him back is quite the art.

Do it too early and you give away easy runs or miss a chance to take a wicket. Do it too late and it costs you big.

Tactically aware bowlers seem to have this 6th sense, Jedi mind trick to know when to do it. But it’s more a conundrum to others.

So when is the perfect time?

Working in the grey area

Here’s your chance to play at the Cape Town International Cricket Academy

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As you know, South African supercoach Ryan Maron is a friend of PitchVision Academy.

And in 2011 he is giving the chance to PitchVision Academy readers to change their cricketing fortunes with 2 months in Cape Town.

Have you ever wondered how good you could be with the right coaching in top-class facilities?

Now you can find out.

The Cape Town International Cricket Academy is an intense cricket training experience in the hands of top international coaches. These coaches are:

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