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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.

Add a String to Your Bow and Become a Short Leg Specialist

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This is a guest article from Fish Hoek Cricket Club Head Coach, Jamie Rood

During England’s 2015-16 tour of South Africa we saw the incredible short leg fielding by James Taylor and Temba Bavuma. Can you copy this?

With these simple tips, you can turn half chances into wickets and make a unique fielding position your own.

Warm Up to Throw (Part Two)

Part two of the “warm up to throw” programme is weighted ball work.

Graphic: Three Standards for Excellent Fielders

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The fielding standards of excellent fielders. You can do that!

Warm Up to Throw, Don't Throw to Warm Up

You show me a fielder who has never had a sore arm or shoulder from throwing and I will assume they "choose" to field at slip, irrespective of the state of the game!

For the rest of us, one thing that helps is learning how to warm up, condition and strengthen your shoulder and arm ahead of pinging the ball in matches or practice.

Fielding Drills: Realistic Infield Practice

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: A very realistic stopping and catching drill, with a lot of flexibility to cover inner ring fielding. Can be done with 3-7 players.

Description: The ball is fed by a coach into the inner ring. Fielders attempt to stop or catch the ball before returning it to the feeder. Players change positions regularly. One or two fielders act as cover if the ball is missed.

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.

Use "Power Positions" to Throw Harder with Less Injury Risk

We had a wonderful throwing based question from Peter on the podcast recently. Peter was coming back from injury of the shoulder and looking to build a throwing technique which would take pain away from that area.

I suggested that he made his throwing action more efficient. This increases power and significantly reduces the chance of throwing injury. So, what does this look like?

How to Measure Fielding Effectiveness in Training

In a game that is full of stats, we are still searching for a way of assessing and measuring fielding effectiveness.

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.