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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.

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.

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