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How to Prepare for Bowling into the Rough

One of the features of this Ashes series will be the battle between spinner and batters as the rough patches develop rapidly through each Test match. The weather in the UK has been (relatively) dry for months. The pitches are drier than usual for this time of year.

The Australian left arm seamers will help the rough patches to degrade at an accelerated rate outside the right handed batters off stump. This shall bring Moeen Ali and Nathan Lyon into the game earlier as attacking forces. It is likely that the Stokes, Anderson, Broad and Wood will bowl some overs around the wicket at David Warner, if he stays in long enough. This will also add wear and tear to that rough area.

The developing rough isn't just a problem for the batter. It also creates challenges for the keeper and the bowler as well. I know what you're saying; "Test match spinners shouldn't be challenged by the rough? It should be all their dreams come true!"

For bowlers such as Murali or Warne the rough represented opportunity. For most spinners, the developing footholds can represent a threat.

This threat is the pressure of expectation.

Get More Run Outs by Slowing Down

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"Run him out!"

The batsman had dropped the ball into the off side and called a quick single. His partner was slow off the mark.

The point fielder saw the chance early. He got low, moving swiftly to sweep up the ball. He had done it ten thousand times in practice and was drilled to aim at the base of the stump. The partnership was as broken as the wicket was about to be.

As he reached for the ball he was already imagining it flying to the stumps. Which is why he didn't grab it cleanly, overshot the trickling ball and raised his eyes to the sky in disgust while the batsmen scampered through without risk.

How many times a season do you see this in your team? How often have you done it yourself?

Train Upwards: How to Improve Your Cricket Training Standards (Even When You Think You Can't)

I was having a chat with one of our first team players last night and he mentioned the idea of "training upwards". What was he talking about?

Currently, the team I coach is having trouble with the bat. There have been no first team fifties despite being 10 weeks into the season. However, the other two senior teams and the under 18 side are doing much better, with good averages for several guys.

This problem is where the idea of "training up" was hatched.

CRICKET JOBS: Mens Cricket Head Coach - Queen Mary University (UK)

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Closing date: 31st August 2015

 £20 - £30 per hour (dependent on experience)

 Location: London

 Closing date: Monday 31st August 2015

 Interviews: Wednesday 9th September 2015

CRICKET JOBS: Development Officer - Emirates CB (UAE)

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Closing date: 25th July 2015

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is recognised as the governing body for cricket in the United Arab Emirates. This post has been created to satisfy the strategic goals of UAE cricket within the area of ‘Growing the Game’ specifically within the Emirati population. This post entails responsibility for the growth of the game especially amongst school aged children and the post holder will be accountable for all cricket development activity in Al Ain. The incumbent will run the UAE Emirati Player Pathway and work into schools in implementing the Agthia Emirati Schools Program and therefore clear spoken Arabic is required. The incumbent will also be involved in managing and coordinating aspects of the cricket facility currently under construction in Al Ain.

CRICKET JOBS: Community Cricket Administrator - Kent Cricket (UK)

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Closing date: 29th July 2015

Dear cricket club network,

We are recruiting for the following position at Kent Cricket within the Community Team – Community Cricket Administrator. The Job Description with further information is detailed in the attached document.

How to Improve Cricket Hand-Eye Coordination

How many times have you thought "just watch the ball"?

While it's a useful shorthand for having good eye to hand coordination, the truth is a lot more complex than simply keeping your eye on the ball. Of course, it's not an error to try and watch the ball. It's just that there is also a lot more you can do to get better at hitting, catching and stopping the ball too.

We can make this easy by breaking it down into direct and indirect ways.

CRICKET JOBS: Deputy Catering Operations Manager - Sussex CCC (UK)

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Closing date: 29th July 2015

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Sussex County Cricket Club to work as a Deputy Catering Operations Manager.   This is a great time to join the Club as we continue to grow our catering and hospitality business. A pivotal role at the Club, the successful candidate will have strong people skills and be accountable for the consistent delivery of the catering and hospitality offering (at non-match day events and initially at the cricket match day hospitality in a support role), with a tireless commitment to delivering outstanding client service in all aspects of the role.

Cricket Show 318: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

Cricket Show S6 Episode 26: Stop, Start, Stutter

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Sam Lavery, David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway talk coaching and playing cricket. The half hour show starts with a chat about how to make the most of a short-term camp or academy.