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Cricket Show 180: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I followed with interest the articles and discussion on range / target hitting, and also did a session with our seniors who thoroughly enjoyed it. But, having watched a T20 on TV, the lack of boundaries, let alone 6s, made me wonder why professionals practise target / range hitting of 'length' balls, when they rarely, or as in last night’s game, never, face that delivery in the competitive environment. Much is made of purposeful practise and transferring match skills to practise and vice versa, yet I find this somewhat contradicts this, especially at international level. Surely there should be more emphasis on hitting the back of a length, slower ball variations and other deliveries likely to be faced in match situation?"

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.

3 Twenty20 Tactics You Should be Coaching

With the World Twenty20 in full swing, I look at some new tactics that will be used in the tournament, and how you can copy them in your games.

1. Spinners in the powerplay

The difference in short format cricket now is the specific use of spin.

The IPL is the perfect example of spin being used as an economical and wicket-taking tactic.

Cricket Show 180: India's World Twenty20 Hopes

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Burners is working in India, so coach and cricketer Nikhil Sharma direct from Haryana has his first full appearance on the show. We talk about India's chances in the World Twenty20, profiling, power hitting and playing spin bowling.

The Tailender is "going deep". Listen to the end to find out more.

Throw Away the Textbook: How Batsmen Really Develop Technique

Psychologist columnist Karl Stevenson tells us why it's time to forget about the textbook when it comes to batting.

Here is an over-rated phrase:

"That shot is straight out of the textbook!"

The truth is that in the modern era of cricket we hear it less and less. It's no longer relevant, if it ever was.

My problem with the textbook starts with three simple questions; if we look at these questions, we uncover the fundamentals of how batsmen really develop a successful technique.

Twenty20 Means Spinners Need to Bat Well

Menno Gazendam is author of Spin Bowling Project. Get your free 8 week spin bowling course here. 

As a spinner you already have a battle just to justify your position on the Twenty20 team.

Most captains have limited sympathy for spinners. You often find yourself bowling well short of your full spell.

How to Make the Most of Twenty20 Tournaments

As part of our Twenty20 series to line up with the ICC World Twenty20, we take a video look at how to make the most of a T20 tournament as a young player.

In this video, I catch up with Gary Palmer as he coaches his Under 14 Academy players at a week-long tournament with up to 2 games a day.

Cricket Show 179: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"My name is Pallav and i play for Assam in the Indian First Class Circuit.I believe you and your website have helped me get to where i m today and i am very much thankful to you for that. Over the past year, I have got lots of 20's and 30's and have not converted them to the kind of scores i would like. Initially,i thought these are just numbers and if i keep my process right,the big scores will come but since they have become the norm for me now, I am a bit clueless to be honest."

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.

Putting on a Show: What India's Practice Teaches You About Being A Showstopping Cricketer

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Playing cricket is a show.

Even when India are playing meaningless warm up matches before the World T20, millions are gripped to the outcome. The fans don't want to see a workmanlike, efficient performance either.

We want drama and showmanship.

We want players who can do things about which we only dream.

And it's exactly the same at your level; you have to put on a show. It's the only way to raise the roof.

Cricket Show 179: How to Score Daddy Hundreds in Assam

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A first-class cricketer from Assam in India gets in touch with the show to ask how to kick on from a pretty 20 or 30 to a big "daddy" hundred. The team get stuck into the answer in the mailbag.

We also examine uncovered pitches in the Ranji Trophy and have a special guest presenter to answer a question about practice and success. Listen in to hear coach and cricketer Nikhil Sharma direct from Haryana give his advice.

Plus we have another Tailender cricket slang term.

How Profiling Kick-Started One Cricketer's Academy Drive

Following on from the profiling article, this is an example of how the profile is used practically.

I'm lucky enough to work with some very talented players, one of whom was disappointed not to make the Academy cut last year. Following that decision, We sat down and worked through the profiler in January and planned our programme around that initial assessment.

The aim was to make the cut for this year.