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.

David Hinchliffe - Director of Coaching

Nathan Bracken
Michael Bevan - Finisher
JP Duminy Official Cricket CoursesMike BrearleyCricMax
Desmond HaynesCricket AsylumComplete Cricketer
Mark GarawayIain BrunnschweilerDavid Hinchliffe
Derek RandallMenno GazendamRob Ahmun
Kevin PietersenStacey HarrisAakash Chopra

Philip Hughes

This has been the most tragic week for the game in my cricketing lifetime.

The passing of Philip Hughes has shocked and stunned both the International Cricket community and affected even those who do not consider themselves followers of the game.

Cricket Fielding Drills

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cricket fielding drillsHere is your one-stop for cricket fielding drills.

These drills are the fastest way to improve your essential cricket fielding skills. There is nowhere with a more comprehensive set of free fielding drills than here on PitchVision Academy.

Should You Bowl at Batsmen in Nets?

Every team has one.

The staunch one. The guy who says bowlers should always bowl at batsmen in nets. It more realistic and anyway, nets are more for batsman than for bowlers.

This is frustrating. You know how it goes. The batter who is timid in the middle feels like KP in the safety of the net. There are wild swings, switch hits and all manner of unreal shots. You know they would never be played in a match.

Your practice is wasted.

Worse; there is nothing you can do about it while the staunch one looms over you telling you to pitch it up and give the batsman a chance to work on driving.

And besides, you want to give your team some batting practice too. It's not like you are totally selfish.

Do you fight hard against the staunch one to get time to bowl at a target, or do you give up an resign yourself to being a bowling machine?

In fact, you can keep everyone happy quite easily with a simple trick.

CRICKET JOBS: Chief Executive Officer - Otago Cricket (NZ)

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Closing date: 20th January 2015 

Otago Cricket Association (OCA) directs and guides cricket in the lower South Island via four districts, Metro Dunedin, North Otago, Otago Country and Southland, and is one of six Major Associations in New Zealand engaged in domestic cricket.  OCA promotes the game at all levels from grass roots to its flagship representative teams, the Volts and Sparks, and currently has in its ranks the captains of both the BLACKCAPS and White Ferns.

CRICKET JOBS: Head Coach - Chevrolet Warriors (SA)

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Closing date: 9th January 2015 

A vacancy will arise at Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd (CEC) for the position of Head Coach: Chevrolet Warriors.

The Eastern Cape franchise controls all professional franchise players and professional cricket under its jurisdiction.

The candidate will be required to lead the Warriors team to success and be responsible for profes- sional franchise cricket. It is also expected that the successful candidate will work closely with all existing coaching and management structures within the Eastern Cape. The candidate will report to the CEO of CEC.

CRICKET JOBS: Cricket Development Coach - Ultimate Coaching (UK)

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Closing date: undisclosed

Organisation - Ultimate Coaching

Salary - £25 - £30 per session

Location - Surrey

Are You Missing A Vital Part of Playing Better Cricket by Discounting Match Analysis?

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What image do you make in your mind when you think of cricket coaching?

You might be thinking of a coach working in the net with a player. Throwdowns, cones and poles, plenty of discussion and demonstration of technical pointers. This is a common sight. You would not be wrong.

But perhaps a more important picture is one that is often missing at club, school and academy level.

Cricket Show 288: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

CRICKET JOBS: Head Pastry Chef - MCC, Lords (UK)

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Closing date: 23rd December 2014

Lord’s Ground, the most famous cricket ground in the world, and owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (the Club), is renowned worldwide for staging international cricket matches with up to 28,500 spectators in attendance.

CRICKET JOBS: Food Procurement Assistant - MCC, Lords (UK)

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Closing date: 23rd December 2014

Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of cricket, is renowned worldwide for staging international cricket matches with up to 28,500 spectators in attendance.   Lord’s is a stunning venue steeped in history and charm. From the grandeur of the Long Room in the Grade II* listed Pavilion, to the modernity and style of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, the Ground offers a dazzling array of possibilities for events of all types.

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