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Graphic: Balancing Batting Tradition with Creative Shots

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If you ever wonder how much you should practice traditional shots and creative new shots, answer the four questions in this graphic and get your answer (with thanks to Sam Lavery for the information).

Batting Drill: Clearer Decision Making Against Spin

I ran a batting session the other day. We focused on how to use multiple shot options against spinners.

We had a net and a bucket of cricket balls. We also used cones for marking areas or fielders and a whiteboard for scoring progress. Tom was the batter. Garas was the coach!

Quick Tip: Improve Your Straight Drive Power with a Strong Wrist

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One common thing I see a lot with batsmen is a "broken" wrist.

Not damage to then bone, but instead the wrist has wrapped itself around the bat when you drive.

Video: Better Throwdowns at Nets by Moving the PitchVision Sensors

Here's how to change to position of the PitchVision crease sensor for throwdowns, so you can track batting technique with the built-in video analysis tools. It's much easier than sifting through 45 minutes of tape with no tracking, I can tell you.

Video: Batting Drill to Improve at Nets

One of the problems with batting in cricket nets is that you can't see where you hit the ball after it goes into the net. So, here is a drill to bring in a better way to assess your shots you can take from the nets to the middle. In the video, we use a scoring system that lets the batsman self-assess each shot.

Master the Three Man Batting Drill to Improve Your Technique

The two player batting drill is a staple of cricket practice: You throw, your mate hits the ball, you swap around. It works. And when you add a third person it can work even better to hone your technique.

Use These Drills to Become the Manny Pacquiao of Batting

The second of the Graham Thorpe batting against fast bowling drill packages is fun, functional and a wonderful drill to layer up with last weeks drill.

Batting Drill: Graham Thorpe Short Ball Ramp Drill

I had a great pleasure of working alongside England Lead batting coach, Graham Thorpe last week. Graham presented a batting masterclass which covered his approaches to developing quality players of pace and spin.

Thorpey's philosophy to coaching any batter, irrespective of age, was to 'coach back from the challenges of International game'. The first International game challenge that he identified was the fast, short pitched delivery.

Work on Batting Plans Before Batting Technique

When you bat with a plan, you never have to worry about technique again.

You might think that's a bold claim, but bear with me. I can prove it. You see, I have been having off season planning meetings with the players at my club recently, and one thing I have found myself saying a lot is "If you know your game, you will be successful".

Dropping Anchor: How to Play A Long Innings

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Good batsman turn starts into hundreds. Anyone can get out early in an innings, but once your eye is in your goal is to get a big score.

Yet how many players do you see getting a good-looking 30 before falling to a loose shot? The art of the long innings is waning in the crash-bash Twenty20 world.

Let's start turning the tide right now.

Choosing the right shots for the situation