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Adapt Indoor Nets to Create Adaptable Cricketers

Adaptability is a tough skill to coach. Here's a simple way to change nets to coach your players to become adaptable to different conditions.

A Bad Day Doesn't Have to Mean Bad Cricket: Here's the Drills to Beat a Low Energy Slump

At training last night one of my team was clearly "not up for it". He wanted to put in his usual high work ethic but he was flat and unenthusiastic. Nothing felt right.

When this happens, how do you get out of the slump?

Video: How to Make Cricket Nets More Fun and Competitive

Net games are easy to add to any standard net session. They make practice more fun and improve standards.

In this video you can find three simple ways to up the competitive part of nets.

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5 "Must Try" Hacks to Cricket Nets that are Proven to Grow Your Game

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All year, every year club, school and Academy players head to nets. As the aim is to improve, how can we make nets achieve that aim?

For the thinking cricketer, there is a list of things that make you say, "I must try that". Somehow you never get round to it and end up doing the same thing you always did.

Video: Cricket Net Drill to Improve Your Batting Average

Use this simple adaptation to a normal net to add pressure and realism and improve your batting average.

Use This "Lifeline" Batting Drill to Develop Skill Playing Fast Bowling

Adam Gilchrist called his cut shot his "lifeline" in Test Cricket. He claimed that without a good cut shot, it was very difficult to exert pressure on the worlds best fast bowlers.

I had these words echoing in my head when watching the 3rd South Africa vs England Test match.

Video Drill: More Realistic Cricket Nets with Two Point Batting Game

Cricket nets can easily become "just a hit" without any focus or improvement. Using this game from PitchVision, you can make them fun, competitive and useful when you play in a match.

How to Have a Bullet Throw

A powerful throw sends a message to a batting team.

The batsmen are looking for a second run and you are in the deep. The both look up to see your throw, as do most of the batsmen waiting to come in. There is a subtle moment of expectation: Just how good is this guy’s throw?

You sear it in head high, dipping into the keeper’s gloves so he doesn’t have to move.

Quick Tip: Have A Net Without A Net

Nets are great, but I am constantly searching for better ways to practice batting. Here's an idea to get you out of nets without needing full middle practice.

Pop up nets.

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.