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How win low scoring cricket matches

Low scoring games are an intense mental challenge for players. It's the side who can hold their nerve that come out victors.

How do you contribute to that?

It's about a combination of attitude, tactics and effort.

Case study update: Preseason matches

This article is part of the miCricketCoach 2009 Case Study. To stay up to date with their progress get the free newsletter.

Both Naz and Geraint have begun their pre-season matches. Now is the time all that extra planning, training and organising starts to come to fruition.

2 Ways to beat a better team

Have you ever been on the losing side, thrashed by a wide margin?

You don't have to have played cricket for long to experience that moment: The slow realisation that your opponents are clearly better than you and there is nothing you can do to prevent inevitable defeat.

How much practice is right for you?

At every level of cricket there are the practisers and the non-practisers. Both jealously guard their methods as right for them, but which way will get you more runs and wickets?

Case study update: Goals for the season

Having clear goals is like having a map to success. That's why I have been working with our case study subjects on getting some clear goals for the English/Welsh summer in 2009.

'The Map' Part 6: How to learn new skills from every match you play

Cricket is a great game in that you can learn from every game you play. The trick is organizing so that lessons learned can be identified and stored for future use.

Evaluating your game should be an ongoing feature of your map. By regularly assessing how your game is developing, you give yourself a better chance of picking up small flaws in your game before they develop into major problems. When developing evaluation routines try these techniques:

Cricket Show 19: Technique builds confidence

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Kevin and David are back to discuss your cricket coaching questions in the new series of the miCricketCoach Show.

If you have a question or comment related to cricket technique, fitness, nutrition, tactics or psychology you can email the show here.

This week we talk about:

Case study update: Mental training

This article is part of the miCricketCoach 2009 Case Study. To stay up to date with their progress get the free newsletter.

This week, as the season approaches, we are moving our focus onto more mental aspects of preparation and playing.

Before we do that let's recap on Geraint and Naz so far.

The performance paradox: Why being a better cricketer is about more than cricket

More cricket and more training is not the fastest route to cricket success.

It's easy to think so at first glance. We already know that it takes around 10,000 hours to achieve mastery of any cricket skill. The simple maths is that the more hours you log the faster you improve. That logic is sound but it's far from the whole story.

Technique or mental strength: What's more important?

Modern cricket has almost torn up the coaching book.