Use These Questions to Create Vaughan's 10 Captains

Rewind to 2004 and a moment that struck a chord with world-class cricketers.

When Michael Vaughan took over as England captain, he said that he wanted 10 other captains out on that pitch with him every day.

Very soon that group of England players were winning Test match after Test match on their way to Ashes success. As a group of coaches, we felt that there was a minimum of 9 captains on the field at any one time.

Become a Better Fielding Side with Tables

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Here are some things we know for sure:

Catches win matches. 15 runs makes the difference between a tight loss and a comfortable win. Everyone remembers the moment the game turned on a brilliant piece of fielding.

I bet you are thinking of one right now.

These are things we know, things that the coach says again and again (especially after we drop a couple). Yet still there is no accepted measure of fielding skill like batting or bowling average.

No wonder some players - no you, others - don't fancy it.

What's in it for them apart from the wishy-washy talk about "doing it for the team"? They scoff and head back into the nets to put another couple of points on the average.

The Daddy of High Catching Drills: Monster Machine Gun

Can your team catch regularly and confidently?

Then it's time for the daddy of all high catching drills.

This is grim if the fielder doesn't cling onto the first few high balls. It trains concentration and desperation which all the best fielders have in abundance.

High Catching Drill: The Starting Station

I have been chuffed with the development of one committed player that I coach. This poor fellow couldn't catch a cold three weeks ago. He was getting frustrated and embarrassed in fielding practice and was dreading a high catch being hit his way.

Today, he is transformed.

Is This the Truth About Slip Catching?

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This is a guest article from James Hughes. James is a student and cricket coach conducting research into how to improve slip catching.

Catches win matches.

Fielding provides more opportunity to influence the game than any other role. In a Twenty20 you have 120 balls to influence the game as a fielder, yet as a batter you could be out first ball.

World Twenty20 Lessons: How to Bowl and Field in Wet Conditions

Do you recognise this?

Bowlers have bowling with soaking wet balls, drying the ball on a towel kept in the back your trousers and fielders throwing the ball sideways as the ball slips out of their hands. Anyone who has played club cricket will know all about these kinds of challenge.

Get on with it: Outdoor Cricket Training in the Cold and Wet is Possible

Weather often keeps us training indoors, but why not think outside the box this year, or perhaps more aptly, think outside the sports hall?

There's still a lot that can be achieved from getting out, even in the wet.

Turbo Boost Net Practice with Iain Brunnschweiler

If your nets have got a bit dull and lifeless, you need to fit a turbo boost, courtesy of England Performance Programme Coach, Iain Brunnschweiler.

Right now "Brunchy" is realising a 6 week series of coaching sessions that anyone can take to nets to make the sessions fun, exciting sessions that will lead to better cricket from you and your team.

The latest one is out today so click here to get this week's session instantly.

Cricket Training Ideas: Baseball Mitts

It's rare to see a coach these days without a fielding bat and a baseball catching mitt in the kitbag. But the mitt is a tool that can be used by all players.

I can hear people saying, "Hang on, mitts are cheating. Why would a player want one?"

The answer is simple: to improve your throwing.

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?

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