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Fielding Drills: Introduction to 360 Degree Fielding

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This drill is ideal for realistic practice in stopping, catching, staying alert and backing up in the field.

The coach (c) hits the ball (in the air or on the ground) to any fielder then shouts which end the ball should be returned to. If the shy is at the bowlers end the other fielders must back up the throw and return it to the coach.

Wicketkeeper Standing Up Drill

Following on from the positive feedback on the standing back keeping drill using the multi-stumps I thought I would follow up with another keeping drill that was given to me recently by one of our International players here at Millfield School.

Tom has developed this drill with Iain Brunnschweiler in a recent England tour to the UAE.

You'll need a Katchet Ramp, multistump, Bat or Skyer and some cricket balls.

The aim is to simulate standing up to the stumps to both medium pacers and spinners, focussing on areas such as posture, hip and shoulder turn, catching area, and the ability to react to significant deflections from a realistic "nick-distance". In other words, to push back the boundaries of what is possible when standing up to the stumps.

Fielding Warm Up Drill to Improve Throwing at the Stumps

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Use this pre-game warm up fielding drill. It will help you hone your skills and picking up, throwing and hitting the stumps. Great for the whole team to take part on match day.

Improve Your Diving in the Field... Even As A Six Foot Fast Bowler

One of the big coaching challenges is developing the athleticism of fast bowlers.

Do You Know Where to Look When Slip Fielding? Science Has the Answer

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A recent study as revealed the answer to an age-old question; the best place for slip fielders to look when waiting for a catch.

Video: Challenge Your Batting Technique with This One Change to Nets

If you want to mix up your cricket nets and challenge your technique, try this simple tweak to indoor practice.

As you can see from the video, it makes things much tougher to bat, but if you come out having done well, it will boost your confidence for the middle.

The Total Guide to Preparing for Different Pitch Conditions

Do you worry that batting indoors will ruin your outdoor form? Have you got a game coming up on a different type of wicket from your home pitch?

This is the guide for you.

Take More Wickets with This Proven Bowling Drill

Science has proven a way to take your cricket to the next level using a "feedback loop" at training. Bowling with this loop will allow you to quickly improve your cricket, take more wickets, bowl faster and improve your accuracy. All while at nets.

Video: How to Bowl a Pinpoint Yorker

Ever wondered how the best bowlers hit their yorkers so well and so often? Use this simple drill to help you bowl yorkers with pinpoint accuracy.

Use PGS Zoning to Improve Your Batting and Bowling in Nets

Sam Lavery is Cricket Professional at Portsmouth Grammar School in England. He is a co-host of the PitchVision Cricket Show. In this column he has a drill to make nets better.

One of the regular net drills Portsmouth Grammar School is the “zonal” net.

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