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The World's Biggest Guide To Timing The Cricket Ball

It was a league match and we had just taken a wicket. A kid of about 15 came out looking nervous, as they often do. I reckon it was one of his first senior cricket games because he looked like a fish out of water.

He was small for his age anyway, and this was exacerbated by the wide framed men that stood around the bat. Our spinner was on. They were sharks circling their prey waiting for the slightest mistake.

He scratched around for a while and we soon came to the conclusion he was not going to last long. That was until he got a half volley on leg stump. He unleashed one of the finest on drives I have seen. The ball raced to the long boundary in a blur.

It's a scene that you can see at every level of cricket all over the world.

Why it is that seemingly 'weak' players like that kid can hit the ball so hard?

Who's Job Is Cricket Fitness?

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Unless you are a professional or academy cricketer, there is noone responsible for improving your strength and conditioning. And that's hurting your game.

But fear not, there is a man on a mission to help solve this problem for you and for millions of players who don't get access to good training. That man is Ross Dewar.

The One Secret Exercise You Need to Improve Bowling Speed

Exercises to Bowl FasterYour hips are the powerhouse of the bowling action: You have leapt to the crease, landed with a braced front leg and there is a surge of energy heading up your body like a pole vaulter's pole sends them over the bar.

Use These Better "Fillers" at Nets to Improve Fitness and Keep Injuries Away

It's a simple and effective training method to add "filler" exercises to net sessions to help with fitness training. You know the type of thing; adding in press ups and sprints between balls to increase fatigue and bump up fitness. Here is a perfect example. We have done this kind of work for years.

I'm sure if I asked you to name a few simple things players could do, you quickly think of exercises like press ups, chin ups, squats and lunges. How about we add a few more into the mix that will also prevent injury. Plus, it gets a bit dull doing lunges, so why not mix it up?

Naturally, you won't want to run fillers at every nets you do. It depends on your goal for the session, but the fact is that these movements tick a lot of boxes: They save time, they reduce injury and they test your technique under fatigue. If you want to do those things, get going!

Taking a Break: When Less Cricket is Better

Cricket is awesome. More cricket is more awesome, right?

Wrong.

If you want to be a cricketer, there is a balance to be had between playing, practising and doing something else completely. We know from the top level that burnout is a very real issue.

And it can happen to you as well.

Here is how you can use the power of rest and recovery to become a more powerful player.

Score More Runs With These 2 Tweaks to Nets

Cricket coach and PitchVision columnist Sam Lavery tackles how to integrate running into net sessions.

Runs are the currency we value the most. So how do we go about improving how many runs we can score?

There are two simple ways:

Either improve our ability to hit the ball with a range of shots, improve our ability to run, or both.

Cricket Fitness Workout: Gym for Spin

This article is part of the Cricket Fitness Workouts series. For the full list, click here.

Like all cricketers, to be a good spinner you need a base of fitness, especially in strength and power. Maybe it's not the same as smashing sixes and bowling bouncers, but a ripping ball is equally destructive.

But spin also need a lot of time bowling spin, which leaves you with the gym as a secondary concern. You want to get in, get it done and get out so you can go back to bowling.

You want as much as you can get in as little time as possible.

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.

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