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How to out think your opponent (part one)

Despite being a team game, the business end of a cricket match is one on one. This solo battle of wills is one of the greatest challenges of cricket. Think Donald against Atherton and you get the idea.

Field setting: Fast/medium pace, new ball, any wicket, Twenty20

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

Limited over cricket (especially Twenty20) is all about restricting the runs and this field is designed to help the opening bowler. When the ball is new and the bowlers are fresh, it's possible to be a little more attacking to get early wickets and restrict the run rate with the field up.

Field settings: Slow Left Arm spin, old ball, turning wicket, long format

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

This is a standard and easily customised field for the orthodox left arm finger spinner bowling to a right handed batsmen. With accurate bowling and plenty of turn the spinner should be able to use this field and it's variations to bowl a side out.

Field Settings: Off spin, old ball, good wicket, long format

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

Field Settings: Medium pace, some movement, slow wicket, limited overs

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

This is a field with a single purpose but can be used by medium paced bowlers from the faster to the slower end. The purpose is to 'squeeze' a batsman who is looking to score runs by stopping the singles. It does away with attacking fielders to prevent the runs so is ideal in limited overs cricket.

Free video reveals how bowling 3 different lines can get you more wickets

There are a variety of different lines and lengths to bowl. Many club bowlers sick doggedly to the 'corridor of uncertainty'.

While this is a good area to bowl, Sticking to one line and length reduces you chance of wickets.

In this short video, I show you how to adapt your bowling to different situations.

This "situational" style bowling will give you better results.

Field Settings: Right arm fast, inswing, new ball, fast wicket, long format

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

The fast bowling inswing field is even more rare than the outswing field, however it can be effective for a genuinely fast bowler (at club level that is around 80mph or 129kph) on a pitch that is very quick.

Attack vs. defence: How your ground fielding can make your captain proud

Effective ground fielding is a hallmark of the fine fielder. Knowing when to aggressively seek the run out and when to be more circumspect will get you the results your captain and team mates expect from you.

Field settings: Medium pace, some movement, old ball, club wicket, long format

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

This field is effective in club matches, especially in England. It works well in a number of different conditions to a number of different types of medium pace bowlers (swing, seam, slow or fast). You can use it to both take wickets and restrict scoring in longer format games.

Are we looking at length bowling the wrong way?

It's the classic mantra of coaches to their seam and swing bowlers: Bowl a good line and length for success.

Line is easy, aim for that 'corridor' on and just outside off stump.

As to length: Do we really know what good length is and are there exceptions to the rule?

Which end is best to understand bowling length?