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A cricket training session template

This is the layout I like to use for a typical training session.

It covers skills drills, fitness and game practice. Each segment can be reduced or expanded depending on the goals for the session. It can also be done with any number of people from one up. If you are doing pure fitness sessions you can cut out the skills and team practice.

General Warm Up (10-20 min)

The warm up is vital to reduce the risk of injury, so don't do what most club players do and skip straight to the skills session.

Controversial cricket tactics

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Spirit of Cricket

Some things in cricket are not really talked about by coaches.

However, controversial practices go on at every level and all cricketers should be aware of them to be prepared and to defend against them.

1. Controversial cricket tactics

Walking

There are not many more divisive issues than walking. Should a batter walk if they know they have hit it? Many people will say yes, many will say it is up to the umpire and you should always wait. Technically, standing your ground is not cheating, although many people consider it so.

Fitness for Cricket - First Steps

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The fitter you are the better you play (and the more healthy you are), but where do you start in the quest to getting fit for cricket?

Cricket fielding drills for skill and fitness

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Cricket is a game that requires a lot of skills practice. If you can combine this practice with a workout that will get you fitter and more able to perform when tired then your game will improve. There are a great many fielding drills that can help you do this. Here are a few suggestions. 1. Throw vs. Run This is a good drill for competitive types. Split into 2 team � throwers and runners.

How to clean stains from your cricket whites

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Pegs

White was a bad choice for cricket clothing: Cricketers dive about and get dirty. Getting stains out of white is a nightmare.

Chucking your whites on a hot wash just doesn't cut it.

But standards must be maintained on the field. As the famous saying goes:

"If you can't be a cricketer you can at least look like one."

How to keep wicket with your eyes closed

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wicketkeeping

Anticipation is crucial in the art of wicketkeeping, but it is an often-neglected skill. That said, improving your anticipation as a wicketkeeper may be as easy as closing your eyes.

The principle is simple: As a keeper your eyes and brain work together to judge the flight and bounce of the ball as it is delivered. The quicker you can make this judgement, the faster you can get into position for a clean take.

Can you be as good as Colin Bland?

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South African fielding legend Colin Bland is often thought of as the best fielder who ever played.

He is certainly a benchmark for others to aspire to in their own fielding performance.

Duncan Fletcher thinks his skills can be emulated by modern players:

"I've got ten boys at Western Province who are better than he ever was." Fletcher, while coaching Glamorgan, once told Steve James.

Quick Cricket Tip: Never practice without a goal

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Is this a typical practice session for you:

  • Everyone has a bowl with a few old balls (even the non-bowlers)
  • Everyone has 10 minutes in the net that turns into a bit of a slog
  • When the seamers get tired they bowl spin.
  • There is very little organised fielding practice.
  • Things can feel aimless and get repetitive.

Sound familiar?

Players practice a lot more than they used to, but in many cases the practice is being wasted because there is no goal.

The answer to club cricket’s missing link?

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There is a gap in attitude between the amateur and professional games.

Club cricket players, after they have finished in colts/youth teams are left to fend for themselves. This usually leads to players rarely practicing, never correcting their mistakes and never striving to achieve more.

How much are standards kept at 1960s levels in the club game while first class cricket makes great leaps forward in fitness, fielding skills and innovative tactics?

Quick cricket tip: Make fitness training fun

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Top coach Duncan Fletcher is a big advocate of making fitness training both cricket specific and fun.

How does he do it?

Combine fielding drills with fitness training.

For example: 'Ten Catches' where the coach hits high and difficult catches until ten are caught. It's designed to leave you gasping but you will be fitter after a few sessions and it's much more engaging that going on a jog.

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