3 club cricket lessons from England’s Ashes win

For England fans the 2010-11 Ashes win has been a long time coming, but is there anything us humble club players can learn from it?

Clearly, you can’t put in the same time as the full-time contracted professionals. But you still want to do your best.

We all do. It’s more fun when you play well and win.

Fielding Drills: 3 Stump game

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To practice different throwing and backing up skills in a decision-making situation

How do I know if I should wear a helmet?

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Cricket inspires passion.

We’ll do anything to look the part on a cricket field, to belong and to feel part of the ‘tribe’ of cricketers.

And nowhere is this more a point of pain than the cricket helmet.

The #1 winning position killer (and how to beat it)

Why is it that some teams can crush the opposition while others throw away winning positions?

In cricket, things can turn around very quickly. Celebrating one moment, you are frustrated the next.

Some years ago, it was in middle of cricket summer. My college team was competing in a one off fixture. Our team was superior to them and not just on paper; we had dominated much of the game and thought we had the other team nailed down to the floor.

Free video reveals: How to stay confident as a Twenty20 bowler

Losing lingers in the mind.

Everyone dwells on bad bowling spells. If it’s really bad you even let it worry you right into the next match, making it more likely you will bowl badly. A vicious circle of failure.

And in Twenty20 there is a fair chance it wasn’t even your fault.

Cricket Show 95: Andy Moles and your coaching questions

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PitchVision Academy Cricket Show

The new series of the PitchVision Academy Cricket Show is in full swing. This week we feature an interview with former New Zealand coach and first-class cricketer Andy Moles.

Andy will be coaching at the Cape Town Cricket Academy in February.

We also get stuck into your coaching questions and look at:

Fielding Drills: The pickup shuttle

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To develop agility while using the skill of picking up the ball after a chase in a competitive situation.

How to start bowling leg spin

Being able to bowl leg spin well is rare quality; if you do that then you are valuable to any captain at any level.

But where do you start?

Good leg spinners seem to need so much; a canny tactical awareness, steely personality, and a phalanx of variations on top of a fizzing, dipping leg break that turns a foot on any wicket.

It’s not as bad as it seems.

Leg spin bowling may be an art, but it’s one that can be learned.

Fair or even: The dilemma every player-umpire faces

Would you cheat when you do your umpiring stint? 

Imagine standing at the bowler’s end, hearing and seeing the slight nick and not giving it out. That’s cheating.

I was returning to the game after a 5-year absence. During the second game, we were in the field, I was wicket keeping and we had appeal after appeal turned down by the opposition umpires. I was convinced a couple of times that the batsman had got an edge, or been plumb in front.

Cricket Show 94: We are back!

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PitchVision Academy Cricket Show

It’s the long awaited return of the PitchVision Academy Cricket Show!

A new series, a new format and a brand new contributor.

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