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How to Bowl with a Slingy Action

Ever since Jeff Thompson showed the power of a ‘slingy’ bowling action, there has been no debate that it is a devastating method for fast bowlers. Yet coaches worldwide persist with the traditional action. This is because coaches are not taught how to put sling into an action.

Fielding Drill: Tennis Inspired Pick Up and Throw

Kate Warne-Holland - Millfield's fantastic Director of Tennis - recently ran a drill that inspired me to adapt it for cricket.

Video: Batting Drill to Improve at Nets

One of the problems with batting in cricket nets is that you can't see where you hit the ball after it goes into the net. So, here is a drill to bring in a better way to assess your shots you can take from the nets to the middle. In the video, we use a scoring system that lets the batsman self-assess each shot.

Increase Catching Area with this Funky Drill

How big are your players catching areas?

Super slow motion cameras are great for noting the size of catching areas in both keepers and fielders. Often, we see that catchers line the ball up with one open hand and more closed one, this is great if judgement is spot on or if the ball does not dip or deviate in the air.

Master the Three Man Batting Drill to Improve Your Technique

The two player batting drill is a staple of cricket practice: You throw, your mate hits the ball, you swap around. It works. And when you add a third person it can work even better to hone your technique.

How to Bowl A Consistent Length

One of the hardest problems to solve as a bowler is if your length is inconsistent. To many four balls results in a lot of head scratching at nets.

Video: Analyse Spin Bowling Technique

Here's a video of a one to one session with a spinner using PitchVision to provide analysis.

In this session we took a look at a player who wanted to add a string to his bow as a bowler, and wasn't sure exactly of his strengths and weaknesses. So over the course of 70 balls, I combined good old watching him bowl with reviewing the video of his action and combined it with the pace, turn and accuracy outcomes we saw on PitchVision.

Use These Drills to Become the Manny Pacquiao of Batting

The second of the Graham Thorpe batting against fast bowling drill packages is fun, functional and a wonderful drill to layer up with last weeks drill.

Fielding Drill: Distraction Deflection Catching

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This video is a slip catching drill at an indoor training session where the only space available was a net.

Batting Drill: Graham Thorpe Short Ball Ramp Drill

I had a great pleasure of working alongside England Lead batting coach, Graham Thorpe last week. Graham presented a batting masterclass which covered his approaches to developing quality players of pace and spin.

Thorpey's philosophy to coaching any batter, irrespective of age, was to 'coach back from the challenges of International game'. The first International game challenge that he identified was the fast, short pitched delivery.