Focus on First Class Fielding in your Cricket

Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your complete, ever-updated guide to coaching better cricket.

Mark Garaway is Head of Coach Education here and he is currently in the spotlight because Garas' first ever online coaching course: First Class Fieldingis out now! The former England analyst is now at Millfield school. Now he is passing on his deep knowledge of fielding to help you too. Click here for details of the video-based course.

Alongside Mark, there are over 40 more coaches with huge experience to help you improve your player's batting, bowling and fielding. You can explore the site here for more. If you like what you see, you can get the free newsletter here. Welcome to the community.

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Quick Tip: If You Lack Genetic Cricket Gifts, Make Up the Difference

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There is no doubt that genetics play a part in cricket: If you are tall and strong you can be better at fast bowling than if you are short and weak. If you have poor concentration your batting will suffer. These are hard-wired traits.

Yet you can make up the difference.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 48: Season Finalé

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It's the last show in the season before the team's Christmas break. Garas is out with an injury but Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss influences in 2014 from cricketers through Johnny Wilkinson to American comedians.

Plus, there are questions answered on 25 yard deliveries, and developing SAQ style training for fast bowlers. It's a perfect Christmas gift from us to you. See you in 2015!

Catch it Soon: First Class Fielding with Mark Garaway

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Garaway Announces Guide to First-Class Fielding Skills

Learn Cutting-Edge Catching and Throwing Skills

PitchVision Academy are delighted to announce Director of Coach Education Mark Garaway's first online coaching course, available on January 22nd.

Click here for full details.

We are delighted to have Garas first video coaching guide because his coaching CV in unparalleled. After a career in county cricket he moved into coaching aged 26 at Hampshire Academy, moving though Hampshire up to England analyst, Ireland Cricket, ECB Coach Education and his current role at one of England's premier cricket schools: Millfield.

There is no doubt that Mark Garaway is one of the premier coaches working in the world today. And that means you can apply his experience and advice with your team too.

CRICKET JOBS: Senior Operations Manager - MCC, Lords (UK)

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Closing date: 12th January 2015

Lord’s Ground, the most famous cricket ground in the world, and owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (the Club), is an exceptional venue with a wealth of experience in delivering high quality hospitality, corporate and private events.

CRICKET JOBS: Cricket Academy Admisitrative Assistant - MCC, Lords (UK)

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Closing date: 14th January 2015 

Based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the MCC Cricket Academy is London's premier indoor cricket destination and one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world.

Owing to expansion, we have an opportunity for an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide a professional and welcoming service to guests and visitors to the Cricket Academy. 

CRICKET JOBS: Staffing Administrator, Catering, Events & Hospitality - MCC, Lords (UK)

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Closing date: 14th January 2015

Lord’s Ground, the most famous cricket ground in the world, and owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (the Club), is an exceptional venue with a wealth of experience in delivering high quality hospitality, corporate and private events, supported by our Catering, Hospitality and Meeting and Events team.

 

Thank You India: What English Cricketers Learned from the Indian Experience

I'm writing this week's article from a coach travelling from Jalandhar to Delhi. The green countryside is rushing past and there are lots of Millfield cricketers chatting about the wonderful experiences that they have picked up to date on our Indian cricket adventure.

We have played 8 games so far in our 2 squads. We have 4 wins, 1 tie and 3 losses to our name. That's a fantastic effort considering the completely alien conditions that all the players have encountered: Heat, dust, spinning pitches, lots of spinners, doosras, excellent players and lots of travel have provided the challenge to our 29 players. They are doing brilliantly.

The biggest learning outcomes for me have been:

Playing the Forward Defence to Improve Batting Strike Rate

We are all well drilled in playing the forward defence, playing it to prevent the bowler from taking a wicket. In fact, it's a lot more useful than that.

Playing defensively spans everything from "none shall pass" drop to the feet, through to a defensive push that is designed to score runs. It's a shot with nuance that requires skill and practice to get right. ANd if you do it will increase your strike rate!

So, it's time to give the forward defence the time and respect it deserves and learn to play with both soft and hard hards to make more of those balls you can't smash.

The Complete Guide to Batting

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If you want to learn how to bat, here is the place to start.

Batting is a difficult cricket skill made more difficult by the pressure of having one chance before your innings is over. It's important to get it right because your mistakes are so punished. That's why you need to know how to bat technically, tactically and mentally if you want to be a good batsman.

Batsman come in all different varieties and develop their own techniques and methods to compile their own individual textbook based on flair, technique, tactics and ability under pressure. This complete guide outlines the skills needed to develop and progress all aspects of your batting.

Below are articles that you can implement before, during and after the game to improve your cricket.

CRICKET JOBS: Brand Director - Adidas (India)

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Closing date: undisclosed 

Somewhere, in one of our workshops right now, the future is taking shape. We are constantly working to redefine the way clothing and footwear transforms the pitch, court or course. This is what drives us: the feeling of discovery and the urge to innovate. When we create a product that makes our hearts beat faster, we know we’re onto something.

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