One of my top secret weapons to keeping as up to date as possible is getting the resources from the ECB Coaches Association. If you are an ECB coach you will know what I mean. The conference is cutting edge stuff, their free DVDs are always packed with great tips and the newsletter is a good read. Take the latest on batting: Hit the Gaps by John Abrahams (ECB Elite Player Development Manager) and Paul Johnson (Nottinghamshire Batting Coach, pictured). If you bat at any level think about the main points they make. Great advice all round:
- Firstly, make sure your basic batting technique is sound.
- Ensure you are in the mindset of scoring from 4 down to 1 making manoeuvring the ball a positive batting tactic. There are just as many gaps in the air as there are on the ground. Over the head of midwicket is just as much a gap as pushing the ball to deep mid on.
- Don't look at the fielders, look at the gaps.
- Keep the quick single in mind even when playing a defensive shot. There is often a gap close in.
- Intend to score off every ball rather than just playing the ball on merit every time. The best ODI teams are great at accumulating 1s and 2s like this.
- Make practices tactical to simulate match conditions and encourage experimentation.
What are your experiences in this area? Leave a comment.