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Don't Forget the Tail-Enders at Cricket Nets

Coach Iain Brunnschweiler is standing up for the "lower order run getters" this week, with a brand new "off the shelf" coaching session that gives the tail priority while you have nets.

What gives?

As Mark Garaway often reminds us, everyone in the team bats, and everyone in the team is allowed to score runs, not just the batters. So why shouldn't everyone practice batting?


The problem is that the tail often go last in nets after the bowler is tired and enthusiasm is waning. With little to practice, the default position is to have a swing. Yet the lower order often have a key role to play:

  • support an establish batter to either save a game or eke out a few more runs.
  • hit out to score quickly at the death to win a game

Both of these element require skills that need to be practised. So, why not turn a net session over to the tail and let them bat first for a change?

That's the basic theme "Brunchy" has taken for this week's coaching session, but there is plenty of great stuff for everyone in the squad including drills for improving your lateral movement (both warm up and a fielding drill that will fire up even the most apathetic) and specific work for the wicketkeeper. It's all related to the idea that everyone can practice with purpose.

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That's so funny, the idea that some clubs have a set "order" that they have to bat in at nets.

Yep, everyone knows it's first come first served!

Yeah and the carefully calculated 8 minutes each becomes 16 minutes for the first few and 3 minutes for the last guy. Who is NEVER a top order batsman.

Its all about waiting until the the terrifying pace bowler/unchallenging piechucker (delete as appropriate) goes to get his pads on, and then quickly volunteering to bat at the same time.