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How to Warm Up for Cricket: The Guide

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Is your pre-game warm up helping your cricket?

We all warming up is important and we are looking for new ways to make it fun and relevant for the match.

But if you want to do it right you can't just throw down a few cones, hit up some catches and hope for success. It's important to keep it simple, but simple is nothing unless it is also effective. To be effective you need a deeper undertanding of both the "why" and "how" of warming up, so you can select the correct drills at the correct time.

So, here is a collection of the best articles on warming up from PitchVision Academy to help you understand the warm up, and use it to boost your game while preventing injury. It can be used by coaches and players alike.

Take you time to go through these, take notes, and come up with your plan.

Get Ready on Game Day with This Scientific Method

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This is guest article from Steffan Jones

Warming up can get pretty scientific nowadays. Here's a simple, effective game day warm up that I use if I want to be at my best.

The first point is this: we know that you can "warm up" your mind and nervous system a long time before you start playing. So the warm up on game day starts as soon as you wake up!

Don't worry though, I've tested all this myself and know it works well if you have prepared properly through the week.

Bowl Faster with Better Training Timing

This is a guest article from Steffan Jones.

You're bowling speed can drop in a just a week.

It's no good training all winter for speed, coming to the start of the season and losing the vital physiological qualities that enable you to bowl quickly. That's why understanding the timing of training is crucial if you want to stop wasting your off-season.

Graphic: The Truth About Cricket Skill to Fitness Crossover

You don't need to be fit to be a skillful cricketer, and you don't need to be skillful cricketer to be fit. But, both elements together will feed off each other to make you a better player.

When to Put in Effort in your Fast Bowling. It's Not All the Time.

This is a guest article from former professional bowler, and current Strength, Conditioning and Fast Bowling Coach Steffan Jones.

Go easy on the hard work.

The only way to improve your fitness, pace and stamina is by stressing the body to the limit. You have to train hard. However, the body can only tolerate so much. Flat out effort is draining.

So how do you train and play hard without breaking yourself? Read on to find out.

Get a Grip: Forearm Training Leads to More Runs

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Stronger forearms give more power in your shots and the ability to go on and on.

But a few wrist curls at the end of the workout like a bodybuilder doesn't cut it. For batsmen who want to score runs, isometric grip training – rather than growing your forearms - holds more importance. This is because flexing and extending your wrist with added resistance will do precious little for increasing cricket-specific grip strength.

So, why do you need a stronger grip to bat?

It starts a virtuous circle.

How Stress Can Make or Break Your Ability to Bowl Fast

This is a guest article from Strength Coach, Fast Bowling Coach and Former First-Class Cricketer, Steffan Jones.

If a fast bowler isn't being physically stressed, you're wasting your time.

Stop Doing Laps, Start Taking Wickets

 Wouldn't you like to know a way to get miles in your legs without 10 rounds of the ground?

While, most ex-cricketers and coaches will tell you that stamina is good for bowlers, a long jog just isn’t the way to do it. Long jogs are sure recipes for disaster.

Still sceptical? Have a look at the stats.

How to Train if You Are Unhappy with How Fast You Bowl

This is a guest article from former professional bowler, and current Strength, Conditioning and Fast Bowling Coach Steffan Jones.

How do you train to bowl lightning fast?

Sorry to all the traditionalist out there, but you can't "just bowl". Not if you want real pace.

Neither can you expect to do endless conditioning session that don't replicate the energy systems and effort of bowling. The sessions I'm seeing in some indoor schools and gyms are great for any other sports but not fast bowling!

So what do we do?

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