Mental preparation is often overlooked in cricket. We all say how important it is, then go back to the nets for another hit. But it's simple to improve your mental game without ever having to see a shrink. You simply need to be aware of how to do it.
However, "knowing yourself" is also one of the harder skills to develop as both a player and a person. It can take decades of work. It's about far more than just practicing and hoping you will get spotted the day you score a hundred.
Some people scoff at the idea that the head has anything to do with the physical skills of the game. Yet, these same people are also the ones who applaud the tougness of batsmen who see of a barrage of bouncers, or the determination of a spinner who is under attack from a flashing blade.
The fact is, everyone uses their mind, the only difference is how much you control it or how much it controls you.
So, below is the always updated guide to preparing your mind for cricket, whatever level you play.
Introduction to Mental Game
- Mental training is just as effective as nets
- Train your mind with the 4C method
- Self talk Part 1
- Self talk part 2
- Body language
- Routines part 1
- Routines part 2
- Cue Cards
- How to get momentum
- Have a code of conduct
- 5 ways a bowler can outwit a batsman
- How to improve your cricket decision making
Having Mental Nets
- Make this simple change to nets
- Training for resilience
- Training for "critical moment control"
- Training for mental toughness
- Nets for mental toughness
- Find out what works for you
- Avoid the "peak end rule" mistake
- Use focus to end frustrating nets
- Unlock your skill with grit
- Getting the right attitude
- Staying motivated
- Practice like a physical genius
- Are you a Boycott or a Botham?
- Can you try too hard?
- Train when it doesn't count as well as when it does
- Are you teaching yourself to fail?
- How to avoid becoming Mikka Bouzu
- How to beat your own laziness once and for all
- What a 1 year old can teach you about improving your cricket
- How to avoid going quiet in the field
- The Australian attitude
- Training motivation for every personality
- How to become self-sufficient
- Understand your motivations
- Motivation for passionate cricketers
- Coming back from failure
Ambition and Goal Setting
- Training for inner drive
- The secret of cricket goal setting
- Turn your cricket dreams to reality
- What's your ambition?
- Confidence is as important as ability
- How to bounce back from failure
- Reduce opponent's confidence like Steve Waugh
- How to be relaxed and confident at the crease
- Do you have mental toughness?
- How to reduce nerves
- Confidence feels like a bank account
- How to be as fearless as a 5 year old
- Stop panicking, everything is fine.
- The introvert's guide to playing cricket
- How to deal with anxiety
- Managing stress in the middle
- How to get out of a slump
- How to get into the zone
- How fast can you get back to "ready"?
- Ignore context to reduce pressure
- Zone body, zone mind
- Playing one ball at a time
- How to improve your concentration
- What are your odds of succeeding?
- How to get better by failing
- 5 Ways to get back to your cricketing best
- An ugly win is still a win
- The 7 rules of success
- 3 steps to wild success
- How to succeed without talent
Other Mental Training Tips
- The law of 10,000
- What is your cricket philosophy?
- How to deal with favouritism
- Jeremy Snape on mental training
- Playing the waiting game
- The rise of chirping, or Should wicketkeepers shut up?
- How to stop the yips
- Unclutter your mind
- NLP for cricket
- How to stay in form
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