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Is There Really One Simple Change That Corrects Almost Every Bowling Technical Error?

I'll cut to the chase; there is a simple change to your bowling action that is a big hitter in fault correction.

Straighten your run up.

You see, when it comes to technique, so much that goes wrong can be traced back to an earlier point. That's why batting coaches focus on the grip and stance first, and it's why your bowling coach should look at your run up before he starts with the "business end" of the action.

Of course, a straighter run up will not fix everything, and there are exceptions to the rule. That said, there is plenty that can be done without ever worrying about 6 months of corrective drills and rebuilding your action.

So, spinner or seamer, Here are some of the things a straighter run up can correct:

Cricket Show 272: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I hear people saying it's tough to play test cricket. They say, you need very good skill set to play test cricket. I haven't played test cricket or first class cricket. But I've always felt that, with the field up, batsman with limited shots can excel in Test Cricket. You don't need a whole lot of shots. If you have a good defense and a few shots (cuts, cover drive etc.), you are a good Test batsman. Players like Prior excel in test cricket. But cannot score freely in ODI and T20 cricket. Because you need to have a lot of shots to be a good ODI or T20 batsman (AB De Villiers is a good example)."

"Coaches say - You need mental toughness to succeed in Test. They also say - Mentality plays a huge part in your success in tests. As I can excel in test with a few shots, if I want to be good First Class or Test batsman, should I hire a good psychologist before hiring a coach?"

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.

Head Start: Better Batting Beyond Technique

Coach and Minor Counties Cricketer, Chris Watling, shares his experiences with another article on using your mind to get you out of bad form and back to run scoring.

When you're in a bit of bad form it's easy to be negative.

I'm sure you know the feeling of being stunted by in your mindset as you approach your next innings: You start to analyse how you’re getting out. You think about your technique. You want to correct those errors.

Stop the mistakes. Stop getting out.

This approach is hurting your game.

CRICKET JOBS: Public Affairs Assistant - ECB (UK)

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Closing date: 5th September 2014


A vacancy has arisen for the position of Public Affairs Assistant. Reporting to the Director of Public Policy and International Relations, you will provide administrative and operational support across a wide range of areas. You will support the Director of Public Policy in his work of helping to identify and manage key risks and external challenges to the organisation and overseeing the organisations corporate profile within Government and across key stakeholders. Central to this will be providing operational and administrative support for the ECB public affairs operation in researching and managing key issues to protect the organisation from regulatory challenges.

CRICKET JOBS: Administrator - Surrey CCC (UK)

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Closing date: undisclosed


Locations: This role will be based between Central London and Guilford

Salary: £16,500

The Position

Administrative duties related to the day-to-day running of the Cricket Development Department’s programmes:


PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: A Couple of Good Shouts

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 29: It's Not About the Couch

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Is a psychologist more important than a coach?

That's one of the questions Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery look at on the show this week and come up with some interesting conclusions.

Please the team talk about the coach-captain relationship at various levels, analyse a young batsman's technique and talk about the Commonwealth Games.

Download the show and listen now.

CRICKET JOBS: Catering and Hospitatlity Events Co-ordinator - Sussex CCC (UK) JOB CLOSED !

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Closing date: 21st August 2014 - JOB CLOSED !


An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen to work at one of the country’s most popular cricket clubs. Sussex County Cricket Club is recruiting a Catering and Hospitality Events Co-Ordinator during a period of maternity leave (approximately 8 months from October 2014).

How Moving House Reminds Me of Great Fielding Plans

I'm moving house. While I was chucking out all sorts of rubbish in preparation, I stumbled across a fielding outline document.

The file underpinned England's fielding team at the 2007 World Cup. I put it together with key fielders within that group which included Paul Nixon, Paul Collingwood and Jimmy Anderson.

How to Have a Bullet Throw

A powerful throw sends a message to a batting team.

The batsmen are looking for a second run and you are in the deep. The both look up to see your throw, as do most of the batsmen waiting to come in. There is a subtle moment of expectation: Just how good is this guy’s throw?

You sear it in head high, dipping into the keeper’s gloves so he doesn’t have to move.

The batsmen make a mental note to keep it to one with you while the keeper and skipper applaud your arm.

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