The Protein Cheat Sheet for Cricketers

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Protein will help your cricket.

It's not as important as technical ability, physical fitness and tactical nous, but it has a role. As you are going to eat protein anyway, you may as well make the most of what it can do for you on the pitch.

The good news is that it's not difficult.

There's no weighing of chicken breasts and measuring out macro nutrient breakdowns. Sure, you can do those things if you have a specific reason. For the average cricketer you simply need to dial into the basics and get on with playing God's own game.

Here is a quick and dirty summary of the stuff you need to know about protein for cricket.

The Introvert's Guide to Thriving in Cricket

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Do you recognise this in yourself, Mr/Miss Introverted Cricketer?

You want to be left alone to get on with your role. As a result you tend to be slightly apart from the team. You're not especially interested in the social side of the game, you prefer the challenge set to you by trying to score runs or take wickets.

And as for contributing to the team overall tactics or culture, you have deep and well-considered opinions that you keep very quiet about. Team meetings are a chore and you avoid them at all costs.

You thrive under your own steam.

This can come across - especially to the more socially minded players - as uptight, over-serious or maybe even rude: Think the classic accusation that "he only plays for his average".

You know it's just the way you are wired. So here are some ways to keep the social secretary happy whilst also contributing to the side as a team player and an individual.

Cricket Show 274: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I play in the high schools league in New York City. We play T20 only games, so when batting we need to be hyper aggressive and play most of our shots in the air, since the grass in our playing fields are tall. They are so tall, we would need a machete to chop trough them! My problem is that when I bat, I always try to play on the ground, but the ball goes nowhere. Every time I try to hit the ball hard in the air, I chip it up in the air and get caught. Adding to my woes, is that the playing surface on our pitches are mattings, which don't bounce at all. Can you help me solve my problem?"

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.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: That's an Oopsy!

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 31: Hit it into the Long Grass

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Can you train all the new skills of cricket and master the basics?

The team get stuck into this question as Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery also swap stories of holidays and Bob Taylor's wicketkeeping. We quickly move onto more important stuff though, including the aforementioned discussion on this article.

Plus Sam Lavery geeks out about kit before helping a young cricketer in the USA deal with unique conditions with tricks and tips on hitting over the top and picking up quick singles.

Then we give some advice on protein powder for teenage bowlers. Learn the basics on the show, and get stuck into more details with this article and this one.

Quick Tip: Learn Cricket from Blood Bowl

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Blood Bowl is a dice and turn based board game where players compete in an American football/rugby style sport with fantasy characters like Orcs, Elves and the like. What can that possibly have to do with playing better cricket?

You'll be surprised.

What's in Your Kitbag to Improve Your Cricket?

Coach Sam Lavery talks us through his perfect cricket coaching kitbag, and what's most essential when space is at a premium.

Imagine taking a current kit bag back 20 years.

Not only would some pieces of kit be questioned, but others would be completely unrecognisable. So what are the options that coaches carry in their modern day kit bags, and what do they have tucked away in the store cupboard back at HQ?

I’ve spoken to 10 coaches ranging from a few at First Class and International level, through to school and club coaches. Here's what they said.

Case Study: Coaching at Stirling County Cricket Club

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Cricket clubs around the world are dealing with the same issues. Sometimes it's nice to see how someone else does it within those common constraints.

One example is Stirling County Cricket Club, a thriving Scottish side. I caught up with Head Coach Ian Shaw to find out how a modern coach approaches the club game.

How to Bat Against a Ring Field

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Picture the scene: You walk in to bat. A medium pace bowler stands at his mark while you take guard. You look around and see the classic ring field.

It's a wall on both sides.

How are you supposed to rotate the strike?

How can you hit boundaries when there are fielders bearing down on all sides?

Cricket Show 273: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I have coached for my club since I was 18 and had great success with club teams. I taken up community work on behalf of my club to strengthen links with the community and I find myself hungry to work within cricket in a permanent role. Does a decent club cricket who is an even better coach, who has gone above and beyond in his voluntary roles out of love for the game stand a chance of getting a full time coaching job in any capacity across the expanding cricket world?"

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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