The bowlers usually have the upper hand with a new ball and fresh legs. That means you, more than any other position, need to have your wits about you.
If you are a young player with a coach at your club you are lucky if you find one who can develop you. It's not that these coaches are unwilling or unable. It's just most are part time volunteers with good intentions but incomplete knowledge.
Today's article is a guest post from Dr Paul Botha from Spininfo: All you need to know about the art and science of spin bowling.
He never is part of the seam attack who clamour over the pros and cons of the new ball. They sit at the end of a long day’s play with their feet up in the dressing room claiming all the accolades for bowling the opposition out cheaply.
WG Grace, it's famously said, used to call "the lady" when tossing up. Seeing as coins of Victorian times had Her Majesty Queen Victoria on one side and Lady Britannia on the other, he was a certain winner.
True or not, the good Doctor always knew what to do once he had won the toss and that was to bat. The exception being when he though conditions favoured the bowling. The he would think about it and still bat.
In the first installment of this series, I dealt with developing routines to be employed during batting, bowling and fielding practice.
This is part two of a two part series. To go to part one click here.
In the last part of these series we found out why a killer instinct is critical to your clubs success whatever level you are at. Today we look at the three ways you can do it as a captain or player.
1. Keep wickets at the front of your mind
This is part one of a two part series. To go to part two click here.
There are a lot of ways to win a cricket match. The most effective is to bowl the opposition out. If you can take 10 (or 20) wickets in any format regularly you are going to win a lot of games.