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Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your companion through your cricketing career. It's here we welcome all from the enthusiastic youngster to the old pro, to the coach still helping players long after the boots have been hung up. There is something here for everyone in cricket.

From batting and bowling to coaching and strength training, PitchVision Academy is your trusted source for better cricket. It has to be with big names like Kevin Pietersen, Nathan Bracken and Mark Garaway as part of the team of over 40 world-class mentors.

Want to be part of it? Just browse around and get the free email newsletter. Then use the advice in nets and at games. With online coaching of this quality, how can you do anything but succeed?

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CRICKET JOBS: Head Coach - South Africa U19's

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Closing date: 21st March 2014

Cricket South Africa (“CSA”) is the national governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa and administers all aspects of South African cricket. We are committed to making Cricket a true national sport and to provide windows of opportunity for the development of the sport within the amateur cricket spheres of South Africa.

This role reports to the Youth Cricket Manager. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of players from Semi-Professional into Franchise cricket within the academy structures in order to deliver a seamless pipeline that is responsive to the needs of cricket development, referred to as the “Transition Phase 3”.

CRICKET JOBS: National Academy Head Coach - Cricket South Africa

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Closing date: 21st March 2014

Cricket South Africa (“CSA”) is the national governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa and administers all aspects of South African cricket. We are committed to making Cricket a true national sport and to provide windows of opportunity for the development of the sport within the amateur cricket spheres of South Africa.

This role reports to the High Performance Manager. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of players from Semi-Professional into Franchise cricket within the academy structures in order to deliver a seamless pipeline that is responsive to the needs of cricket development, referred to as the “Transition Phase 3”.

CRICKET JOBS: High Performance Coach - NZ Cricket

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Closing date: 28th March 2014

New Zealand Cricket has a vacancy for a High Performance Coach, reporting to the GM High Performance.   As well as being Head Coach of the New Zealand A, New Zealand XI and New Zealand Under-19 teams, the HP Coach will also contribute to the development of players identified as having international potential by providing specific cricket input into their individual performance plans, through coaching individuals directly, or engaging other specialist coaches as required. The role also has input into the identification and education of high performance coaches nationally. 

How an International Cricketer Used a Simple Trick to Instantly Boost His Batting Average

I'm working this week with an incredible tutor group on the ECB Level IV Batting module at the National Cricket Performance Centre. Matthew Maynard, Tony Middleton (the Hampshire CCC Batting coach) and myself are heading up the course.

3 Things Graeme Smith Teaches You About Batting. None of Them are About Hitting Straight Balls Through Midwicket

Graeme Smith has retired. He was such a unique player, are there any lessons we can possibly take from the South African?

It would be foolish to simply try and copy him in technique or character. He was a bristling personality, often favouring the task over man management. He looked like he was about to get out LBW all the time. You can't copy that unless you are of similar temperament, judgement and body type to Smith.

Yet we can't deny it worked for him. Even under huge pressures he piled on the runs; over 16,000 in international cricket at well over forties. That's a lot of flicks to leg. It also means it's not down to luck, or natural talent. Something else is going on there.

So, lets unpick the skills that you can transfer to your game without having to have a barrel chest, an aggressive leadership style and a lantern jaw.

CRICKET JOBS: Cricket Academy Receptionist - MCC (Lords)

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Closing date: undisclosed

Based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the MCC Cricket Academy hosts the world’s leading cricket technologies – including Hawk-Eye and Pitch Vision – coupled with expert advice from our professionally qualified coaches.  

We are looking for casual cover for our Cricket Academy reception to assist with the provision of a professional and welcoming service to guests and visitors to the Cricket Academy.  Whilst some of the work would be during the day, the majority would be during the evening and at weekends.

"You'll be a Lesser Coach if You Don't Have Technology", Toby Radford Reveals

There's no doubt that technology is transforming the way we prepare as cricketers. Analysis tools have never been easier or cheaper so even club players can get in on the game.

When I interviewed Glamorgan Coach Toby Radford, I asked him about how he uses technology to help him coach, and his answer was emphatic:

CRICKET JOBS: Casual Coaches - MCC (Lords)

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Closing date: undisclosed

Based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the MCC Cricket Academy hosts the world’s leading cricket technologies – including Hawk-Eye and Pitch Vision – coupled with expert advice from our professionally qualified coaches.  

CRICKET JOBS: Coaches - Hampshire Cricket (UK)

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HAMPSHIRE CRICKET – CRICKET COACHES

Hampshire Cricket are looking to add high quality coaches to their coaching team for the 2014 summer, with coaching opportunities available across Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex and Berkshire.

Successful applicants will hold a minimum of a UKCC Level 2 qualification in cricket; a current CRB/DBS check; First aid and Safeguarding certificates; knowledge of coaching senior and juniors of varying standards from beginners to experienced club players; good organisation, communication and administrative skills; a clean driving licence and a valid UK work permit.

Cricket Show 250: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I'm 10 years old and really want to bowl spin. A coach from a coaching clinic said I have talent as a spin bowler but my club coach won't let me bowl spin and if I bowl spin he will bat me at number 11. I've had this coach for one season already and I signed up to play again so I still have to play a whole season with him as a coach. Please help me?"

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.

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