Welcome to the new year, and a renewed ambition to achieve your goals. So today I want to know, what is your goal for 2015?
I'm asking because I want to know more about the readers of PitchVision Academy. I already know there is an unending passion for becoming a cricketer, fast bowling and drills, now I want to know how you are using the advice provided here.
Click here to complete the survey (should take you less than 1 minute)
If you could choose any format for your cricket, what would it be? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
One of the great things, and one of the frustrating things, about our game is flexibility. The professionals play up to five days. Even at lower levels we can easily play two day, limited over and Twenty20.
We all have our preferences for playing, coaching and watching formats, but today I want to know something different. I want to know what structure is best for your level as a coach or player. So, leave a comment and reveal your thinking.
Have you got 3 minutes to complete this simple survey for me?
I want to get a better idea of how you train for cricket. As PitchVision Academy Editor, the better I know you, the better I can tailor the articles, video and podcasts we provide to your exact needs.
Plus, who doesn't like talking about themselves?
So take a moment (it will be less that 180 seconds) and fill in the multiple choice, anonymous survey here.
The survey is around how much cricket-specific training you do, and what equipment you use to help yourself. That's it: No personal data and no right or wrong answers. Just a snapshot of your training at this time of year.
We all know the benefits of purposeful practice, for players and for cricket coaches at every level. If you have no purpose, you have no reason to be at practice.
But that is easy to forget sometimes, especially when a net is running itself and everyone is getting a go. Things drift quickly. I want to prevent that so I want to know:
What are you working on right now?
Leave a comment in the comments box and let me know.
Khalique dropped me an email recently for some advice on his bowling. I thought you might be able to give him some tips. Leave a comment and let us know.
"I am struggling with my pace: I had good pace with natural in swing but now during the last 3 years it has all gone. I am 6.3" tall and 68kg in weight. kindly help me to get my pace back and bowl like a fast bowler."
We have spoken a lot about bowling fast, from the action to fitness to mental approach. So I thought it was time to see if you can add to the suggestion pile, and also help Khalique reach the goal that many site readers also desire: searing, destructive pace.
What problems are you having with your cricket at the moment?
I'm keen to find out because, as you know, PitchVision Academy thrives on helping you with relevant cricketing advice. Be it questions on the Cricket Show answered by Mark Garaway, video courses from top names, or detailed articles.
Phil sent in a question and, frankly, it's one I thought the PitchVision readers would be able to help.
Here it is:
"Having played league cricket 26 years and taken a wicket or two, I have now moved city. The ground where I now play is very open and there is a strong breeze blowing from left to right. As an away swing bowler I have quickly accepted that I cannot swing it away to a right-hander when the wind is blowing across. Is this incorrect of me? Of course, I would assume a high class swing bowler would have no trouble but I am unsure whether it is possible or not"
So, what do you think?
Can you help a young spin bowler to improve?
Recently we were contacted by Jack who said:
"This season I've returned to leg spin. Occasionally I get criticised by our captain as I'm not "finishing off my action". I know that when I do, I get drift and dip, and take wickets. Could you have a quick look at my action in the attached video and see if you have any thoughts?"
This question was interesting to me because Jack didn't point out any problems he is having. Only a vague awareness that something might be wrong.
So I thought this would be an excellent challenge for the PitchVision community to discuss.
What can Jack do to improve his action?
Which coach has influenced you most? Leave a comment below to discuss the unsung heroes of cricket coaching.
Cricket is, above all, a game of technique and mental strength. It’s one that is ideal for coaches to flourish: providing direct advice to those with a burning hunger to perform.
Yet even with the awesome information power of the web, these influencers remain strangely isolated.
The men and women with the keys are rarely found outside the locked door of the professional game where they ply their trade.
We all have to field, and being a good fielder brings the advantage of getting ahead of others: Selectors tend to pick the better fielder in close match ups.
If you are passionate about cricket, you are passionate about being the best fielder you can be, so how do you do it?
And that is my Ask the Readers question for this week: How do you improve your fielding?