Cricket Show 85: More on declarations

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It may seem like the cricket show has somehow become obsessed with declarations.

Yet again we discuss when is a good time to declare an innings and come up with some interesting stats to back up our argument.

If you are not so bothered with all the declaration chat, we still answer your questions about:

How to win the first hour of a match with the ball

This is part two of a two part series by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. To go to part one click here.

How to win the first hour with the bat

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This is the first part of a two part series by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.

The start of a match dictates how it will develop. Getting a flyer or taking early wickets puts pressure on the opposition. As a team you should look to dominate from ball one.

How to save yourself from boring draws

I recently played in an afternoon declaration club cricket game where the scores were:

  • Team A: 237-5 (50 overs)
  • Team B: 170-6 (50 overs)
Boring.

I'm sure you have played in games with similar scores, and were similarly fed up by the end of the match.

So what went wrong?

You might say that Team B's bowlers were just not good enough to roll a half decent batting side over.

10 reasons why you are not a better batsman

Last week Gary Palmer gave us an article on how great batsman play. This week he looks at the common mistakes seen in lesser players.

Great batsmen are technically excellent.

The correct technique means that batting is made easier and the process of development is speeded up. In other words; you will maximize your potential and enjoy improved performances.

Cricket Show 84: How not to declare

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The bones of David's game are picked over as we discuss the art of a good declaration. It turns out that in the heat of battle sometimes you can forget your principles.

Should David have declared earlier? Listen in to find out.

We also answer your questions on a range of topics including:

9 traits of world-class batsmen that anyone can copy

Batting coach Gary Palmer passes on his observations about how the great batsmen play, and how you can copy them.

Viv Richards. Sachin Tendulkar. Ian Botham.

All of these men are greats of the game. I've seen them bat over the years, often standing at the non-strikers end, and I have noticed several common technical points with them and other exceptional batsmen.

Do you recognise these 5 bad coaching styles in your junior section?

This is a guest article from an anonymous coach with many years experience at club level.

Every week during the cricket season an army of volunteers go out to do duty in running junior club cricket.

Without them clubs could not function. However, not all of these helpers are helping.

Strengthen up like Stuart Broad and Steven Finn

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If you need proof that cricket is changing, look no further than English fast bowler's Stuart Broad and Steven Finn.

The pacemen were the first to openly miss competitive cricket to improve their strength and conditioning, showing how important fitness has become, especially to young fast bowlers.

If you have lofty fast bowling ambitions, should you follow their lead?

Can you use this banned delivery to get more wickets?

It's the ball that either takes a great deal of skill or a total lack of it.

And it's been banned in English county cricket, but crucially not by the Laws making it a legal ball in club and school cricket.

It's the double-bouncing ball.

Origins of the double-bouncer

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