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Cricket Show S5 Episode 43: From Playing to Coaching

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How can a player transition into being a good coach? With the appointments of Collingwood and Ramprakash to high profile roles, and some criticism floating around, the team discuss if you need to be a world-class player to coach at world-class levels. Or a good player to coach at good levels.

David Hinchliffe, Sam Lavery and Mark Garaway go on to look at cricket bats, and in particular how you deal with a bat that is not right for you. Plus we discuss the term "skidding the ball" and try to interpret exactly what it is, and how to use it to your advantage.

Your thoughts on the topic are welcome.

Quick Tip: Decide to be Conventional or Unorthodox by Asking Why

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Conventional thinking is a double edged sword.

A lot of orthodox ideas have found their way into cricket because they are effective. If you tell a batsman to dig in and play straight you are onto a winner because generally this advice works. It's worked for literally hundreds of years, especially with players of a certain type.

How to Develop Fighting Cricketers

When someone says that a player is or isn’t mentally tough I always reply with "what is mental toughness"?

This was a question that was asked to England's best players back in the mid-2000s by Dr Steve Bull and his Sports Psychology team. The findings of those discussions ultimately split the subject of mental toughness into 4 sub-categories: Fight, Inner Drive, Critical Moment Control and Resilience

By breaking the huge subject down, we are able to attribute characteristics that define each of these 4 sub-categories. As coaches, we can make interventions and build strategies into our planning that help to develop and challenge these capacities with our players and teams.

So let's take "fight" and delve a little deeper into the associated characteristics:

Work on Your Strengths to Bowl Faster

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CRICKET JOBS: Groundsman - Totton and Eling Cricket Club (UK)

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Closing date: undisclosed

Totton and Eling Cricket Club, a well established cricket and sport club based in Hampshire's Southern Electric Cricket League, are currently recruiting a new groundsman.

CRICKET JOBS: Chair - Suffolk CB (UK)

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Closing date: 24th November 2014

We are pleased to invite applications for the position of Chair of Suffolk Cricket Board:

Suffolk Cricket Board Limited is looking to recruit a Chairman whose business and marketing skills can help promote “Suffolk Cricket” and secure investment into the game within the county.

CRICKET JOBS: Performance Analyst, England Women's - ECB (UK)

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Closing date: 26th November 2016

Full-time – Based At National Cricket Performance Centre, Loughborough 

£ Competitive + excellent benefits 

The vision of England Cricket is “to Inspire the Nation”. The mission is “to become and remain the most successful and respected cricketing nation” and, as part of this, is seeking to “create the world’s best cricket intelligence and applied knowledge”. 

Stop Panicking About Your Accuracy, It's Totally Fine.

Recently we have had a spate of spinners on PitchVision Academy worrying about their accuracy. From around the world, the same messages come through, "I bowl too full", "I bowl too many short balls", "I get taken off by the captain for bowling down the leg side".

How Much Does an Effective Batsman Understand Technique?

Good batsmen have good technique (whatever that means). But how much do you need to understand technique to be a good batsman?

It's certainly not the same thing. There are plenty of players who do well without worrying about playing right forward, without a straight back lift, without even hitting straight. They play, they score runs, they get on with the rest of their day.

Cricket Show 285: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was a video, so we have posted some stills here

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.

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