3 Reasons Indian Cricket Proves Fielding is the New Match-Winning Skill Set

In the Champions Trophy, India out-fielded South Africa to victory.

It wasn't the only reason for the win, but it was enough for the sages to comment on the difference. What was going on?

There is a lot of talk about fielding. It's never got more attention from coaches and players than in modern times.

But does it really win you matches?

How to Coach Single Awareness in 4 Simple Steps

Often we concentrate on the boundaries and pay scant regard to singles and developing the art of running between the wickets.

One of the reasons for this is the reliance on standardised nets to develop batting technique rather than incorporating innovative practice and facilitating brilliant cricket discussions to build run scoring awareness.

Buy Nathan Bracken's Swing Bowling Masterclass on PitchVision Academy

I'm delighted to announce that the online Swing Bowling Masterclass courses are now open to purchase, exclusively on PitchVision Academy.

As you know, a few weeks ago we announced that Nathan Bracken was producing his first ever online coaching courses. And since then excitement has built up around the things you can learn from the Aussie international.

Coach Your Keepers to Become Standing Back Legends

There are hundreds of keeping drills for standing up to the stumps. However, outside of the professional game, I see little evidence of keepers being asked to develop their capacity when standing back.

So lets address this now!

Get More Run Outs With This "Non-Throwing Side" Technique

Most run outs in club cricket come from balls hit to fielders on their throwing arm side, but how good are you at completing run outs when the ball goes to your non-throwing side?

There are two methods to hitting the stumps when the ball goes to your non-throwing hand side. In this article we are going to look at the one that fits the ball being dropped for a single slightly infront of the fielder.

Speed is the key

Gym to Nets: Structure of A Fast Bowling Net Session

This is a guest article from fast bowling and strength coach Steffan Jones.

Here is how I set out a bowling session when I am coaching bowlers to get really fast. Unlike most coaches, I have learned to combine skill work with strength work to get the most from your action.

Every session follows the same routine from low intensity warm up drills to high intensity medicine ball throws or weighted ball bowling.

Different Practice: How 3 Indian Batsmen Approach Drills

We live in a time where we know that cricket is different for everyone. There used to be a template, but the more we understand about people, the more we realise everyone's approach needs to be individual.

Take 3 Indian batting heroes: Gambhir, Dravid and Kohli.

Each have had success by doing it their own way rather than taking to same approach every time.

You only need to see how they practice to discover the difference. Here are the ways that these batsman look at a net session:

How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Cricket Nets

Today's guest article from Darren Talbot; Professional coach, Managing Director of Darren Talbot Cricket Coaching and founder committee member of the Surrey ECB Coaches Association.

I keep hearing from clubs they are doing off season "nets" for their juniors (and seniors, more of which later).

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.

Yet as we know, we are human and sometimes our judgement is not 100% precise.

This drill will help to increase player's catching area on flat catches, nicks to slip and edges to the keeper, giving the catcher a bigger margin for error.

The Fast Bowling Talent Test

Many of the leading Cricket nations now use "Talent Testing" for 13 and upwards as a part of their talent identification process. I want to show you how to use some of these tests in your coaching.

Here is the first of the talent test drills that you can use to test players and then provide feedback that improves performance. What's not to love?

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