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Closing date: 16th July 2014 JOB CLOSED !

 

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The Tabletop Cricket Approach to Field Settings

Was this brilliance or madness?

As the first Test against Sri Lanka meandered to a draw, England needed wickets. So, Alastair Cook took a leaf from the old tabletop cricket game, and set a ring of fielders in front of the batsman.

The field looked like this:

Bat With a Clear Mind? Yes, But Not Too Clear

How much of batting is mental?

We certainly know that you ignore what's happening in your head as you bat you will fail more often. Yet, so often the advice is to bat with a clear mind and "trust your technique".

It's certainly true that technical methods rarely change between formats and situations, but if you bat with the same tactics in the last 5 of a Twenty20 as you do opening in the first innings of a 4 day game you are bound for failure.

Similarly, if you spend the time between balls frantically worrying about how the bowler has spotted your weakness outside off stump and poor footwork, you end up playing worse and getting out.

The famous paralysis by analysis.

Of course, there is another batting method, a method that leads to far more success.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Switch LBW

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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.

Venue Profile: Cricket Asylum

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There are few better locations for an indoor cricket coaching facility than the heart of West Yorkshire in England.

Sowerby Bridge is a town surrounded by a huge number of cricket clubs, and nestling there is Cricket Aslyum: The first venue in the world to feature PitchVision coaching technology built in to the net lanes, allowing access to all to the best facilities.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 22: War and Peace

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The show is taken over by a single question this week as the panel discuss the future of a cricketer at a turning point in his cricketing life. His question was so detailed, there were many elements to discuss around how to keep improving as a player, how to stay motivated as you get older and keeping cricket in perspective.

To help with this epic, Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery are joined by James Hughes to provide the view from the young end of the cricketing world.

Listen to the show for the most comprehensive answer yet.

Score Big Without Boundaries

Ticking over the scoreboard is a coaching mantra for a reason.

The thing that kills limited over innings in the school and club club cricket game are unnecessary dot ball strings. Batters often get carried away with the notion of smashing the ball over the ropes, forgetting the importance of scoring between those big shots.

So, ability to mix boundaries with singles and doubles is crucial, let's look at some skills.

Do a Job: How Ordinary Cricket Achieves Spectacular Success

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Picture the scene: you have just had a stellar cricket season.

You get a trial and you do even better than you could have dreamed. Everything goes to plan and you are man of the match. Becoming a cricketer, you realise, is just a matter of time.

It's possible.

But it's also not going to happen.

You can't plan for insanely good performances at the right time. Cricket is hard, opponents are just as keen to show their potential as you. Pitches and weather are variable. You could be the next Tendulkar, Warne or Dhoni in talent, but lack the luck to show it off at the right moment.

That means you need another idea, an idea that is less about the headlines and more about a quick mention in paragraph 5 of the match report.

Because the fact is that even the most spectacular cricket heroes base their game on a consistently stronger performances than anyone else. And that comes through many small successes alongside the occasional mind-blowing performance.

Quick Tip: Measure Control to Score More Runs

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Here's a quick way to measure batting beyond just run scoring.

In the scorebook, a run is a run whether you edge it and get dropped or blast a cover drive out of the middle: It doesn't tell the whole story of how you are playing.

That's where a new stat comes in: control.

Control gives you a broader idea. Here's the description from Cricinfo:

Batting Warm Up: How to Make the Most of Pre-Match Throwdowns

This is a guest article from batting coach, Gary Palmer.

What is the purpose of the pre-match batting practice?

The aim is to build confidence by consistently hitting the ball out of the middle of the bat while exaggerating perfect technique. To feel good in the middle you can use throw downs to capture the feel of the correct shapes of your shots.

The better your preparation the more confident you will feel. This leads to being more relaxed at the crease when you finally go out to bat. You will have confidence in you technique and ability to execute shots successfully because you have prepared well and have a feel for the correct shapes.

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