One of the more common frustrations we hear at PitchVision is the talented player who is not given a chance to prove his ability.
Perhaps you feel you are the victim of this bias.
The men who make the decisions somehow have it in for you or - more often - favour someone else above you for reason that are not about cricket. You can't prove that corruption is happening, but you hear things said and see lesser players chosen above you and become convinced. The coach might tell you it's because the better man was chosen, but you know politics, money or even race lie at the heart of a choice.
It's enough to dishearten the honest, hard-working and talented player.
Don't give up yet, friend. There is hope.
You are not alone. There are inspiring stories of players in your exact position that have gone on to overcome bias and become a cricketer. We can learn from the example.
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One of the biggest problems faced by cricketers is the nerves before playing. But what if I told you worrying in the right way is perfect for getting you through a tough game?
We all worry, and that worry is usually fearing the worst. Everyone has had the moment where they wonder if they will get out first ball. It's usually around the time you are in next. It's uncomfortable and it makes you nervy at the crease, stopping you play your natural game.
So, switch the worry to focus on what you can do instead.
You can still worry, it's just you can make it productive instead of being filled with panic.
Whatever your style as a batsman, you can't use it as an excuse.
If you are a big hitter and you get out in a tight run chase trying to clear deep midwicket, you can't shrug and say "it's the way I play".
If you are a naturally cautious batsman there is no excuse for making the middle order have to take risks because you have wasted balls at the top of the order.
Some might say it's selfish batting.
This week's winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Nomaan. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.
The winning question was,
"For the past few years I am really struggling with my confidence. I am not able to perform at all and I am constantly working very hard. When I perform poorly I then start feeling depressed.
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Not everyone fits the mould, so on the show the team discuss players who are outliers; those who need special attention in cricket coaching.
plus Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe also talk about "the fear", when it seems like everything is going wrong and you don't know what to do. For one listener, it was so bad he was praying the ball would never come to him!
And there is a dicussion on changing bowling action from front on to side on; when would you need to do it, why would you need to do it and, importantly, how to do it safely and effectively.
Listen in for birthday banter, #garasgold and much more!
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England's disarray against fast bowling at Lord's was not a surprise to those who have watched them closely over the years.
Despite Lords being a very good batting track, England seemed clueless against the fast bowling onslaught in the 4th innings.
Australia shifted their length of attack to push the batters back and then pitched the ball fuller to bring the stumps in or get the edge. The classic combination of short, short, full. The same combination that undid them in Australia 18 months ago.
So what can be done in this situation?
Here are some drills.
Ikgomotseng Mothoa was the Cricket South Africa PitchVision RPC and HUBS Coach of the Year.
Name: Ikgomotseng Mothoa
Role: Head Coach, Hammanskraal Cricket Club
Ikgomotseng Mothoa was a Premier club cricketer who moved into grass-roots coaching through his passion for bringing cricket to youngsters in South African townships.
This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.
Purpose: To practice realistic ring ground fielding, run outs and backing up.
Description: Set up with fielders at point, extra cover, midwicket and square leg. One extra fielder waits behind point. The coach is fed an underarm feed and hit the ball to point (position 1). The fielder pick up and throws down the non-striker stumps. She then moves across to extra cover.