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Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your companion through your cricketing career. It's here we welcome all from the enthusiastic youngster to the old pro, to the coach still helping players long after the boots have been hung up. There is something here for everyone in cricket.

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.

Want to be part of it? Just browse around and get the free email newsletter. Then use the advice in nets and at games. With online coaching of this quality, how can you do anything but succeed?

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The Buttler Factor: How Extreme Talent Identifies Itself

In my roles with Hampshire, Somerset, Ireland and now Millfield School I have seen a significant number of talented 12 and 13 year old cricketers. There has only ever been 1 player who I predicted would play International cricket from all those promising players.

His name is Jos Buttler.

The Art of Mankading: The Comprehsive Guide to This Cricketing Controversy

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Is there anything that divides opinions more than "mankading"?

When England's Joss Buttler was run out at the non-striker's end while backing up in an ODI, the range of reactions went from "quite right!" to "downright cheating!".

Whatever you opinion, there are some important coaching lessons we can glean.

3 Skills Every Cricket Coach Should Secretly Work On

Most players think coaching is easy: You rock up, set out some cones, do some drills and go home. While that's part of the story, there are certain skills the coach needs to practice to be effective.

But as coach you don't want to waste practice time by working on your own skills. Besides, you have enough pride to want to make it look easy and effortless.

It's time to get to the ground early, or on a non-training day, and work on your secret yet effortless practice skills. Your player won't thank you directly, but they will notice how much better their catching and batting has got as a result.

CRICKET JOBS: General Manager - Edgebaston Cricket Centre (UK) JOB CLOSED !

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Closing date: 17th June 2014 JOB CLOSED !

Following the recent announcement that Nick Archer is to retire in the near future it has now been agreed that his former responsibilities will be split into two.

CRICKET JOBS: Undergraduate Team Analyst - Sussex CCC (UK) JOB CLOSED !

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Closing date: 26th June 2014 JOB CLOSED !

Job Titles: Position 1: Undergraduate Team Analyst 

Duration: 12 months

Applicant: 

We are looking to for one student who has a passion for cricket and who wish to become an integral part of one of the most successful, first class county cricket clubs. The student will  have excellent IT skills and be able to demonstrate a wide-ranging basis of skills in the area of analysis. 

CRICKET JOBS: Game Development Officer - WACA (Aus) JOB CLOSED !

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Closing date: 24th June 2014 JOB CLOSED !

The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) is the governing body of cricket in the state of Western Australia, home to WA’s elite teams, the Warriors and the Western Fury, and the T20 Big Bash League’s Perth Scorchers. It oversees the development of the game across a variety of metro and regional areas, age groups and communities. The WACA’s vision is to be the leader across national team representation, elite team success, participation, engagement and fan experience.

CRICKET JOBS: Assistant Coach and Pathway Coach - Cricket NSW (Aus) JOB CLOSED !

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Closing date: 29th July 2014 JOB CLOSED !

Cricket NSW invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role(s) of Cricket NSW Assistant Coach and Pathway Coach (Male). Based out of the Cricket NSW office in Moore Park (SCG) and reporting to the Head Coach NSW Blues, the primary objectives of the positions available are to:

How to Score a Twenty20 Hundred

A strange thing happened in the final of IPL 7.

Batting first against KKR, King's XI Punjab had two in form overseas superstars ready to go in and start crashing boundaries. Maxwell looked primed. Miller was itching to biff it. Instead, a slight wicketkeeper with a traditional technique - best known for not being MS Dhoni - was sent in after 5 overs.

Wriddhiman Saha looks every bit the anti-T20 player. His batting was once said to have "the look of an accountant passing journal entries." Solid. Reliable. Safe.

He ignored this cliche about himself, and proceeded to smash a blistering Twenty20 hundred. Read on to find out how you can emulate this story in your Twenty20 cricket.

Cricket Show 263: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I'm a young leg spin bowler and my run up is not a smooth one, but when I play in my backyard I have a different run up (it is a very smooth run up too), just because I don't have enough room for my normal run up. I tried bowling with my backyard run up at training and it seems I can bowl just as well or a bit better, and my pivot and back leg going up and over is better and easier with the backyard run up compared to my normal run up. I also do a lot of my training in my backyard. So should I use my backyard run up or go back to using my normal run up?"

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.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 20: I'm Used to Six Balls in an Over

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Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe to talk about playing and coaching cricket.

The show kicks off with discussion on a couple of #garasgold articles about the cost of extras and the 40 run consequence net.

We catch up with the work being done at the Chris Gayle Academy in London.

Finally we discuss questions of the difference between "backyard" and "normal" run up for a leg spinner, and help a coach set some fitness standards for his team of 17-15 year old players.

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