How to Make Your Changing Room Your Fortress

 

When your cricket team is batting, the role of the changing room and balcony is to ensure that the next batter goes into the wicket feeling focused, relaxed and positive.

This is irrespective of the challenge that he is walking into.

It is our job as coaches to protect that environment; to educate the players in appropriate winning language and behaviours because they facilitate excellent performances from your players in the toughest of circumstances.

Here are a few tips:

How to Get a Repetitive Bowling Action

Accuracy gets wickets: Glenn McGrath, Zaheer Khan, Veron Philander and many others at the highest level have proven the method.

Alongside pace, there is nothing more important to the quick bowler.

But accuracy is difficult. You have to run up and hit a very small target area time and time again. Any weakness in your action is revealed by poor balls that take the pressure off the batsman. You end up frustrated by a good over that is ruined by a wide half volley then a leg stump long hop as you try and compensate.

Cricket Show 167 Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I'm a spin bowler but my captain is always reluctant to bowl me. The most common way of me getting a bowl is when its 30 overs in and both batsmen are set and having a slog. I can't get into rhythm and find my length when the bloke at the other end is charging me. I may get the odd wicket but I go for plenty of runs which decreases the captains confidence in me even more. What should I do prove myself and consequently get more overs? "

Listen to the panel’s 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

What Alanis Morrisette Knows About Cricket Confidence

I got this email from a reader recently:

“I have read your articles on staying calm and relaxed at the crease but they don't seem to work. I have the ability but completely lack confidence in the middle. Please help!”

 I can hear the frustration in that email. I’ve seen it countless times before; the batter nervously waiting for his turn, already thinking about how he might get himself out or how the bowler is too good for him.

Heck, I’ve been there myself. In fact, much better players than me have.

It reminded me of the Canadian Singer Alanis Morrissette. She sings a song called You Oughta Know on the album Jagged Little Pill.

And here is what you oughta know.

Cricket Fitness Workout: Warm Up

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In this series, we give you a sample workout you can use from the extensive database of cricket fitness programmes at PitchVision Academy. To see the full list, click here.

As this is a new series, we will start with the warm up. That’s because - for most cricketers - the warm up is the last thing on the list when it comes to improving skill or fitness.

Cricket Fitness Workouts: Introduction

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 This is a series where we reveal some real workouts you can do to improve your cricket fitness.

Here we will delve into a plan that gives you exercises, sets, reps and rest for every type of player from the beginner to those hoping to become a professional.

Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest workout. They will also be posted here.

Cricket Fitness Workout List

Cricket Show 167: Royal Challengers, Artificial Pitches and Spin Bowling Troubles

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With Burners on tour, it’s down the Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe to discuss the cricket coaching issues of the day.

We chat about Tom Maynard, the New Royal Challengers Academy in Bangalore, practicing on artificial wickets and bowling spin late in a one day game.

We also struggle to find a Tailender. Will Garas’ list of International cricket contacts come to the rescue?

Listen to the show to find out.

Stop, Start, Continue: Review Meeting Magical Tips

It's very rare for coaches to be educated in how to run a team review meeting, yet we are all expected to review a game with our team at the end of a day’s play.

Often players switch off and think "this doesn't relate to me".

To help prevent that fate at your meetings, here are a few tips that have worked for me.

How MS Dhoni Became the World's Richest Cricketer

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According to Forbes, Indian captain MS Dhoni made $26.5 million last year. That shows the rewards for cricket have never been greater for those with the right approach.

So how did he do it, and how can you emulate his success with your own game?

It’s quite possible that endless riches are before you if you can hit a cricket ball harder than anyone else. But Dhoni’s real talent doesn’t lie in bat speed, hand-eye coordination or counting the money.

PitchVision Academy Fielding Tips

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This article has been written by the contributions of the community (and edited by the Director of Coaching). My thanks go out to Munwar Hussain, Rutej Mehta, Tev, AB, Kerron Ryan, TonyM, nurav_cool, shivbaba,  AjayBP, Coxy, Robin Collins and Paul Williams for their contributions.

In cricket we are obliged to give it our best in the field for a full innings, which is significantly more time than we spend bowling and almost always more than we spend batting. We can approach fielding from several angles.

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