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Quick Tip: Recommended Exercises for Leg Spinners

Abishek emailed in a question:

"I am a 17 old leg spinner. I am 160cm tall and underweight. I have never tried doing any fitness exercises. Can you recommend some to start?"

You could do what the 17 year old lads do in my gym, and walk in, head straight for the bench press and try and lift too much weight without warming up.

But I wouldn't recommend it. You will get injured. And you look silly getting stuck under a bar.

Fact is, there are a load of different and safe ways to exercise.

Quick Tip: Will Boxing Increase Bowling Speed?

Here is a question Regan posted on facebook:

"Do you think boxing will increase bowling speed? I thought because it's training your rotator cuff to fire quickly that it might increase the speed."

The answer to that question is both complex and simple. And as this is a quick tip, I'm going to give you the shortcut first.

Boxing will help with bowling speed a little, but it's not the magic pill to being able to hurl the ball down at 150kph.

Cricket Warm Up is a Ramp

In this video, I discuss how to best spend your time in warm ups for cricket.

The warm up is a ramp from everyday to best performance, and it's important to get it right.

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What Tendulkar's Reaction to Getting Out Teaches You About Batting

When Sachin Tendulkar was bowled for 17 in the 2nd Test against New Zealand he did something unusual.

Normally the Little Master walks off quietly, thoughtfully and focused.

This time he swung his bat in frustration.

Sounds like a tiny change?

Yes, but it shows something from which we can all learn as batters.

Only he can know what made the difference, but it showed a crack in the temperament of one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

Indian Cricket Fitness Gym Workout

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

Everyone knows how important it is to be fit as a cricketer. Modern Indian professionals now train in the gym 3-4 times a week regularly. Even the old school stalwart Rahul Dravid once said "It's important to stay and look fit to be able to play for the country."

And The Wall is absolutely right.

How to Bowl at 161kph

This is a guest article from Tom Matcham

No country can consistently produce fast bowlers.


It’s clearly desirable and clearly possible: the West Indies proved this in the 1980s. With all the science and coaching effort being put into understanding cricket, why do we understand bowling so poorly?

We are not training our bowlers correctly. We have not learnt enough from older, wiser sports, and this is evident in our variable results.

In fact, bowling over 161kph should not be a particularly exceptional achievement.

Lateral Lunge: Ideal for Fielders, Ideal for All

The lateral lunge works similar muscle groups as the anterior lunge in last weeks’ article.

Lunge Your Way to Cricketing Success

Last week we discussed the power of the lunge pattern in improving cricket performance. This week we look at the technique for good lunging.

The forward lunge simulates movements that we make in cricket when we bat, bowl, field and keep wicket as well as being the starting point for the development of speed and stability: two vital components within any athletic performance.



The Single Best Exercise for Cricket

I was asked an interesting question the other day;

“What is the one best physical exercise for cricket?”

Now, fitness is more than one exercise.

A programme would incorporate numerous drills, exercises, aerobic training, anaerobic training, strength, power, core, weights and many other elements to boot.

Fitness Toolkit: How to Coach Strength into Cricketers

Good cricketers are strong.

They may not look like big chested hulks (although some like Kallis, Flintoff and Irfan Pathan come close) but to bowl quick, put revs on the ball or hit the ball hard you need to have strength.

The pros have strength coaches to plan their every gym visit. Grass-roots coaches and their players may not even have access to a gym.

But that doesn't mean you need to ignore the usefulness of strength training in your sessions.