PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Straight Driving

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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.

Quick Tip: If You Lack Genetic Cricket Gifts, Make Up the Difference

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There is no doubt that genetics play a part in cricket: If you are tall and strong you can be better at fast bowling than if you are short and weak. If you have poor concentration your batting will suffer. These are hard-wired traits.

Yet you can make up the difference.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 48: Season Finalé

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It's the last show in the season before the team's Christmas break. Garas is out with an injury but Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss influences in 2014 from cricketers through Johnny Wilkinson to American comedians.

Plus, there are questions answered on 25 yard deliveries, and developing SAQ style training for fast bowlers. It's a perfect Christmas gift from us to you. See you in 2015!

Catch it Soon: First Class Fielding with Mark Garaway

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Garaway Announces Guide to First-Class Fielding Skills

Learn Cutting-Edge Catching and Throwing Skills

PitchVision Academy are delighted to announce Director of Coach Education Mark Garaway's first online coaching course, available on January 22nd.

Click here for full details.

We are delighted to have Garas first video coaching guide because his coaching CV in unparalleled. After a career in county cricket he moved into coaching aged 26 at Hampshire Academy, moving though Hampshire up to England analyst, Ireland Cricket, ECB Coach Education and his current role at one of England's premier cricket schools: Millfield.

There is no doubt that Mark Garaway is one of the premier coaches working in the world today. And that means you can apply his experience and advice with your team too.

Thank You India: What English Cricketers Learned from the Indian Experience

I'm writing this week's article from a coach travelling from Jalandhar to Delhi. The green countryside is rushing past and there are lots of Millfield cricketers chatting about the wonderful experiences that they have picked up to date on our Indian cricket adventure.

We have played 8 games so far in our 2 squads. We have 4 wins, 1 tie and 3 losses to our name. That's a fantastic effort considering the completely alien conditions that all the players have encountered: Heat, dust, spinning pitches, lots of spinners, doosras, excellent players and lots of travel have provided the challenge to our 29 players. They are doing brilliantly.

The biggest learning outcomes for me have been:

Playing the Forward Defence to Improve Batting Strike Rate

We are all well drilled in playing the forward defence, playing it to prevent the bowler from taking a wicket. In fact, it's a lot more useful than that.

Playing defensively spans everything from "none shall pass" drop to the feet, through to a defensive push that is designed to score runs. It's a shot with nuance that requires skill and practice to get right. ANd if you do it will increase your strike rate!

So, it's time to give the forward defence the time and respect it deserves and learn to play with both soft and hard hards to make more of those balls you can't smash.

The Complete Guide to Batting

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If you want to learn how to bat, here is the place to start.

Batting is a difficult cricket skill made more difficult by the pressure of having one chance before your innings is over. It's important to get it right because your mistakes are so punished. That's why you need to know how to bat technically, tactically and mentally if you want to be a good batsman.

Batsman come in all different varieties and develop their own techniques and methods to compile their own individual textbook based on flair, technique, tactics and ability under pressure. This complete guide outlines the skills needed to develop and progress all aspects of your batting.

Below are articles that you can implement before, during and after the game to improve your cricket.

Technical Jargon Busting: Brace the Front Leg

One of the most common pieces of advice from top bowling coaches is to learn to "brace the front leg". But that's a technical term, and it's not obvious to everyone what it means, or how to do it. So, here are more details about how and why you brace the front leg to bowl fast.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 47: There's Nothing Wrong with a Short One

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As Mark Garaway often tells David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery, there's nothing wrong with a short one. And that's exactly what's happening with the show this week.

What Alan's Core Training Advice Taught Me About Batting Technique

Alan Murdoch was our Strength and Conditioning Coach at Millfield school (he recently picked up a new job with Bath Rugby). He speaks my language, and I used some of his fitness advice to improve batting technique.

When one of the players came into The Bubble and really struggled with balanced at ball strike, the solution to the problem was simple.

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