How to be a better opening batsman

Forward DefenceOpening the batting is not all dour defence as many think. It's a matter of good organisation.

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.

'The Map' part 3: What should I do the night before a game?

map_australiaParts 1 and 2 of this series dealt with Practice Routines and Non-Practice Training Routines that a player should develop as part of a ‘Map for Cricket Success’.

This article will deal with your ‘Game Eve Routines’.

How to be a good coaching student

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SuccessThere is a lot of advice to coaches about how to be better at coaching. One thing that is rarely talked about is how you can be a better student to your coach and how this can help your game.

Good coaches are hard to find.

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.

'Transfer' is the key to good cricket fitness training

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Warming upWhen I started this site in 2006 I thought the words 'cricket fitness' meant roughly the same thing to everyone. How wrong I was.

Play to your spin bowling limits

HIREN VARAIYAToday'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.

The spin bowler walks a lonely road. 

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. 

Reading the signs: How to decide whether to bat or bowl when you win the toss

WG GraceWG 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.

Case study update: The process begins

This article is part of the miCricketCoach 2009 Case Study. To stay up to date with their progress get the free newsletter.

Our two case study subjects have been working hard since we last caught up with them.

'The Map' part 2: Developing non-practice training routines

map_australiaEvery player can benefit from developing their own set of routines and processes to help them prepare and play successfully. 

In the first installment of this series, I dealt with developing routines to be employed during batting, bowling and fielding practice. 

How to adopt the killer instinct in your cricket club (part 2)

MCG Day 3 - Brett Lee Celebrates!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

How to adopt the killer instinct in your cricket club (part 1)

Uni 3s Grand Final: Newto Takes Another Wicket (bails in air)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.

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