Improve Slip Catching with This Lesson from Old England

Ex-England coach Duncan Fletcher loves slip catching practice. He comes alive as he edges the ball to the slip cordon and encourages the players to strive for more consistency, more commitment and ultimately, more brilliance.

But it was not always the case. Fletch inherited a slip cordon in 2000 that was less than brilliant. He told me that many of the players were happy to let the ball bounce just infront of them instead of diving forward and attempting the catch.

He used to call poor commitment to this kind of ball "Old England" .

3 Batting Technique Myths You Can Stop Worrying About

Everyone's a cricket coach.

Or so it seems these days. Advice comes from every angle; coaches, family members, the internet and even passers-by calling out. That would be great if it all matched up, but most of the time it is in direct conflict with another piece of advice.

Then there are the myths and clichés on top. The advice that sounds good, and makes the advisor sound wise and clever. In fact, it's based in no more evidence than it was overheard on TV. So it must be true for everyone, right?

It's enough to make you go back to bed instead of picking up the bat and dealing with the swirl of advice in your head.

So, here is some clarity for you: Five simple bits of advice we have all heard (or perhaps even given) that don't make as much sense as they seem. Once you know that these things are not always true, you can get on with getting back to the simplicity of hitting the ball with a clear mind and a confident outlook.

Cricket Show 284: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I'm an allrounder (I bowl medium/fast) who plays junior and senior cricket on Saturday I'm struggling to bowl my second spell because I'm tired from the first. Some weekends I play cricket on both days and on the Sunday I struggle to bowl at my usual pace. Do you have any solutions?"

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.

The Benefits of a High Intensity Batting Academy

This is a guest article from Gary Palmer about the benefits of an intense Academy, and how you can join CCM Academy to get your fix of intense training.

Intensity will make you a better batsman.

When I say "intensity", I don't mean how angry you get. The Hulk is intense, but he can't bat. For me it's all about focus. At CCM Academy we pay meticulous attention to detail when it comes to constructing technique and developing skill levels. You can only do that in an intense academy environment.

Repetition over long periods of time makes a huge difference in developing and achieving high levels of skill, especially batting. Subjecting players to batting for prolonged period of time is paramount in developing focus, concentration and mental strength.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: No Fielders in the Air

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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 41: Bowl, Eat, Drink, Sleep, Bowl

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Feats of amazing athletic fielding are in the mind of the team this week. Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss exactly how to throw down the stumps in spectacular fashion like Matthew Wade did.

There is also a discussion on the question of coming back for a second spell, or bowling two days in a row. There is plenty of advice, and foam rolling is mentioned. Plus Garas is throw a dog-eared old ball and asked to get some wickets. How will he do it?

Listen to the show to find out!

Quick Tip: Avoid the Tyranny of Simplicity

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It's easy on the Internet to be reductive. It's easy to say "just practice harder and you will be fine". its easy because it appeals to our deep desire to keep things simple.

Cricket practice is basically a simple thing: it's about volume and repetitions and practicing more. The more you catch the better a catcher you become.

You can stop there and do pretty well.

Find the Best Catching Style for More Catches More Often

Have you ever thought about the many different ways that a person can move and position themselves ahead of taking a safe catch?

Use These Better "Fillers" at Nets to Improve Fitness and Keep Injuries Away

It's a simple and effective training method to add "filler" exercises to net sessions to help with fitness training. You know the type of thing; adding in press ups and sprints between balls to increase fatigue and bump up fitness. Here is a perfect example. We have done this kind of work for years.

I'm sure if I asked you to name a few simple things players could do, you quickly think of exercises like press ups, chin ups, squats and lunges. How about we add a few more into the mix that will also prevent injury. Plus, it gets a bit dull doing lunges, so why not mix it up?

Naturally, you won't want to run fillers at every nets you do. It depends on your goal for the session, but the fact is that these movements tick a lot of boxes: They save time, they reduce injury and they test your technique under fatigue. If you want to do those things, get going!

Dare You Use This Terrifying Batting Drill?

This is a guest posted drill from Laurie Ward of Complete Cricketer Academy.

This is the most terrifying batting drill you will ever experience. We call it "The Nazgul" because in Lord of the Rings, nothing is as scary as a Nazgul!

For the coach, it brings out the inner sadist. For the players, it's a way to work on hitting the ball into the right areas, even when you are exhausted and just want it to stop. It won't because there is no respite.

And also for that reason, we are careful about who we put through the pain. We do this with older junior and senior players with a of fitness and cricket, and some signs of mental strength. To help with motivation - which you will need - we have a league table and benchmark the levels.

So what is this awful experience?

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