For me, the start of any season brings a huge levels of anticipation, excitement and is also tinged with a few butterflies.
In 2002, I predicted that a 12 year old was, one day, going to play International cricket for England.
He was incredibly skilful with the bat, a fantastic athlete even at that age and had the ability to dominate the game against his peers.
At training it’s easy to “just bowl” for long periods. This is useful for batsmen, but not good for you as a bowler.
Since Twenty20 began, the rate of six hitting has risen by 20%.The trend for power hitting in unmistakable.
How do you get in on this rope clearing action?
It’s holiday time in the Garaway household. We are now on our annual “coaching holiday”.
I indulge myself in reading books on my kindle whilst listening to the sea lap up against the shore in St Lucia.
Every cricket-loving schoolkid dreams of being able to use world class training facilities. So, Delhi Public School, Yamuna Nagar Haryana, is investing in creating cricketers by becoming the first to launch PitchVision in the region.
You may recall a post-tour review undertaken by our U14 Keeper Batter, Jamie. Well, Jamie is back and he is the focus of a drill that I do to test a players psychological attributes as well as their technique.
Cricket has changed. Coaching needs to change with it.
Unless you are very lucky, you will have coached a cricket session with a problem: Lack of focus.