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What is the most vital part of cricket performance?

Cricket is a game of multiple components: strength, power, speed, timing, mobility...

The list goes on and on.

But it's back to Vern Gambetta to shed light on the most important factor in cricket performance:

"Balance is the single most important component of athletic ability because it underlies all movement. It is a component of all movement whether that movement is dominated by strength, speed, flexibility or stamina. Problems that you thought were strength, speed, flexibility or skill-related could in fact be directly balance related and are manifested as a lack of strength, speed, flexibility, skill etc. Poor balance leads to poor technical or skill development which often results in injury."

How to improve your cricket discipline

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In the 1960s it was found out that the amount of self-discipline you have at the age of 4 is related to the amount of success you have as an adult.

The simplest explanation behind this is that success is built around your ability to stay in control.

This is especially true in cricket: A game that requires long periods of intense concentration. Here is how to train yourself to improve your discipline.

4 reasons to stretch your cricket muscles

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Boys don't stretch.

That's what a female fitness instructor once told me when I was working in a local gym.

She was right too.

Most men in that gym and every man I have played cricket with have flexibility at the bottom of their list of fitness requirements. Is the benefit of flexibility worth all the time it takes? I think it is, and here's why:

Why your club team needs a plan like England

The hoo-haa over the discovery that England plans how to get Australia out has been blow into an outrage.

It's not a suprise to me. After all why shouldn't they?

All players have weaknesses and England have a chap whose job it is to analyse these and come up with strategies and field placings for each man: It increases your chances of getting them out if you know how they are likely to play.

Get fit for cricket by playing cricket (part 2)

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Isn't it great when you find an impressive sounding journal to backup your own cricket training ideas?

In June 2006 the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance had this to say:

"Research on neural adaptations to resistance training indicates that intermuscular coordination is an important component in achieving transfer to sports skills."

Update: Cricket Training Programme

Every now and again I'll update you with my own schedule, just to give you an idea of how a club player can do it. Hopefully it will give you some context to my tips.

After upping my calorie intake slightly last time to get more lean muscle I found all that happened was that my weight went up by 1kg and my body fat up by 3%. This could be to do with missing several 5-a-side and sprint sessions too.

Carnival of Sports

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Weekly Links 24th December 2006

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Is practice a dirty word at your club?

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The idea of training is not attractive for a lot of club cricketers. The attitude of many players is that winning is important, but you must win without trying too hard.

Perhaps the Corinthian past (and present) has something to do with it.

That means that practice is seen as an amusing distraction, going to the gym elicits looks of mild shock (as happened to me the other day when I mentioned it to a youth team coach) and a post game cool down is nothing more than raising a coolbeer to your lips.

The benefits of core stability for cricket

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From time to time, guest posters will give you a slightly different take on cricket. Today David Virgo of cricketfitness.com gives his views on the idea of core stability.

Cricket is an intermittently explosive game that requires explosive speed strength, rotating, bending and holding of certain positions. The core strength will enhance these qualities. Adequate core stability keeps you safe from injury and able to produce power throughout these movements.