Can You Really Use Notes to Make You a Better Cricketer?

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The pen is mightier than the bat.

Actually, it's not; but it's darn close.

I'm talking about the power of taking notes as you learn: Well established in the academic world but ignored in cricket.

Think of it this way: Wouldn't you like to better learn and retain the tips you read and watch on PitchVision Academy? When you are standing in the middle and wondering exactly what to do next, it would be great to use the computer in your head to produce a solution. Notes are a vital part of that process of getting stuff to "sink in".

In fact, it's a common theory that the main factor distinguishing good players from average players is their ability to learn.

So pick up that pen or iPhone, and start taking notes.

Bowl Faster with Better Training Timing

This is a guest article from Steffan Jones.

You're bowling speed can drop in a just a week.

It's no good training all winter for speed, coming to the start of the season and losing the vital physiological qualities that enable you to bowl quickly. That's why understanding the timing of training is crucial if you want to stop wasting your off-season.

How Freddie Flintoff is Helping to Build a New Cricket Education Tradition

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30% of English professional cricketers are private school educated, despite only 10% of people going through paid-education. The system works. It's a wonderful tradition.

That's a system that the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy (AFCA) has decided to bring to colleges with no cricketing tradition. A new scheme is set to have cricket at the centre of a fully rounded education, without the need to pay high fees.

I'm not going to lie, I wish there was a model like this when I was 16.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights 37: Confident Pull Shot

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 13: The Batsman's Doosra

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The banter flows between David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway, Burners and Sam Lavery (back with a sick note from his Mum). The team look at serious issues including the "batsman's doosra", the World Twenty20, and changing your fielding skill from dead cert fine leg to high class cover point.

Names galore are dropped as we tell stories about KP, Michael Bevan and Johnty Rhodes. And fun is had with Burner's top tips for fielding with a bad keeper and how to dunk a ginger nut in a hot drink.

It's all on this show, so download today!

How Kumar Sangakkara Used Hideous Batting Form to Win the World Twenty20

Kumar Sangakkara signed off his Twenty20 career with a Man of the Match performance steering Sri Lanka to World glory.

Yet entering final Sunday, Kumar was experiencing something every batsman feels: hideous batting form.

Sri Lanka had progressed to the final of the tournament despite Sangakkara scoring 19 runs at an average of 4.75. He was horribly out of form and couldn't buy a run.

We all know that feeling!

For most players, the downward spiral tends to continue, our scores remain low, our confidence is eroded on a daily basis and our emotions shift between dejection and desperation.

But this cycle did not happen to Kumar Sangakkara.

Quick Tip: Manage Your Fast Bowling with 742

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How much should you bowl?

All fast bowlers know that the more you bowl the better you get. We also know that the more you bowl, the greater you chance of injury. So every session is a balance between performance and preventing back, knee or shoulder issues.

The ECB has done a huge amount of research into the subject and have come up with a simple guideline for working out how much is too much and how much is just right: 7/4/2

Streetwise Bowling: The Moon Shot

This article is part of the "Streetwise Bowling" series from PitchVision Academy. To view the full list of tactics click here.

Off spinners have to be clever. Moving the ball in to the right hander reduces your ability to take wickets over an equally skilled slow left arm bowler.

That means you need to be even more canny than the average spinner, and it's why you see such a variety in styles of off spin.

The big ripping offie bowls an "attacking" line outside off stump and through the gate. This is a great tactic, but what do you do to mix it up, or defeat a batsman who has your number?

So, picture the scene: an attacking off spinner who is having no luck against a batting pair. The batsmen are using their feet well to get to the pitch and drive safely.

What happens next?

Graphic: The Truth About Cricket Skill to Fitness Crossover

You don't need to be fit to be a skillful cricketer, and you don't need to be skillful cricketer to be fit. But, both elements together will feed off each other to make you a better player.

Cricket Show 255: Competition Winner

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This week's winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Ahnaf. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I am a 13 year old batsman. I play for my school team. We have a coach who isn't good a fixing our problems or teaching new techniques. When I am batting I stand with a wide stance. My school coach tells me to stand with the orthodox stance. I am not fast at moving my feet so I stand with a wide stance. What should I do?"

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here.

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