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Liam Plunkett’s daily fitness routine

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Magazine articles can be a right tease. A recent article in Spin magazine gave an insight into Liam Plunkett's training and preparation for the Ashes tour.

But being a short article means it's difficult to put the workouts into any kind of context so it becomes frustrating.

So here is some flesh on those bones.

Getting Things Done for cricket

If your life is like mine you always have more to do than there is time to do it. My own answer to that is the system called 'Getting Things Done' by productivity guru David Allen (more on the basics of GTD here).

Now you can train on matchdays too

How do you feel about training on matchdays?

For many club players the only warm up they do is smoking a cigarette and the only cool down is raising a pint to their lips.

But many others would like to make more of matchdays without dropping in performance. Here are 7 things you can do on the day of a match that will have a positive impact.

The law of 10,000

It takes, according to Bob Woolmer, 10,000 goes at something before you master it.

That's a lot of practice.

For me this underlines how important practice is for club cricket. As amateur players we are all limited for how much time we can give, but performance on the field is directly related to how much skills training you do. How motivated are you to improve?

As long as it is good quality skills training.

Does cricket need core stability?

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Not long ago I noticed pictures of the England side training in Australia just before the Ashes tour began. They were adopting some very odd and un-cricketlike poses in the gym: Core stability exercises.

England have access to some superb physiologists, so if they are doing it there must be a case for club cricketers to follow suit.

Weekly Links 19th November 2006

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Make your cricket training fun and functional

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Do you want to improve your cricket fitness but find the gym no fun? Many do, but it doesn't have to be a pain to train.

Vern Gambetta is the coach behind an approach called functional training. It's the natural development of the idea that to get fit for cricket you should play cricket.

Here are a few things Vern has to say about making training both fun and functional:

Special Request: What’s your secret?

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If you could give one tip, trick or piece of advice to help someone get better at cricket, what would it be?

I give a lot of advice on this blog, but today I want your feedback.

So do you have any advice to give on:

  • Cricket Tactics
  • Cricket Fitness
  • Cricket Psychology
  • Cricket Captaincy

Or anything else to do with club cricket? It doesn't matter how small, large, simple or complex the tip is: I want it.

9 Duties of club captains

There have been a few books on cricket captaincy over the years. While they are all interesting to read up on, they all focus of skippering at the top level, but what about the role of the club captain?

The two jobs can be very different and not only in tactics.

Here are the 9 most important duties a club captain has:

Confidence is as important as ability

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It doesn't matter how good a player you are. Without confidence in yourself you are not going to reach your potential as a player.

Ask Marcus Trescothick.

Doubt yourself and you get frustrated, lose focus and make mistakes. Have total confidence and you will make fewer errors because you can shrug them off.

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