Overcome Cricket Nerves with a Mental Net

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One of the biggest problems faced by cricketers is the nerves before playing. But what if I told you worrying in the right way is perfect for getting you through a tough game?

We all worry, and that worry is usually fearing the worst. Everyone has had the moment where they wonder if they will get out first ball. It's usually around the time you are in next. It's uncomfortable and it makes you nervy at the crease, stopping you play your natural game.

So, switch the worry to focus on what you can do instead.

You can still worry, it's just you can make it productive instead of being filled with panic.

Stop Making Excuses About "Style" to Start Making Runs

Whatever your style as a batsman, you can't use it as an excuse.

If you are a big hitter and you get out in a tight run chase trying to clear deep midwicket, you can't shrug and say "it's the way I play".

If you are a naturally cautious batsman there is no excuse for making the middle order have to take risks because you have wasted balls at the top of the order.

Some might say it's selfish batting.

Cricket Show 321: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

"For the past few years I am really struggling with my confidence. I am not able to perform at all and I am constantly working very hard. When I perform poorly I then start feeling depressed.

Cricket Show S6 Episode 29: Working with Outliers

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Not everyone fits the mould, so on the show the team discuss players who are outliers; those who need special attention in cricket coaching.

plus Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe also talk about "the fear", when it seems like everything is going wrong and you don't know what to do. For one listener, it was so bad he was praying the ball would never come to him!

And there is a dicussion on changing bowling action from front on to side on; when would you need to do it, why would you need to do it and, importantly, how to do it safely and effectively.

Listen in for birthday banter, #garasgold and much more!

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: A Creative New 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.

Drills to Improve Playing Fast Bowling

England's disarray against fast bowling at Lord's was not a surprise to those who have watched them closely over the years.

Despite Lords being a very good batting track, England seemed clueless against the fast bowling onslaught in the 4th innings.

Australia shifted their length of attack to push the batters back and then pitched the ball fuller to bring the stumps in or get the edge. The classic combination of short, short, full. The same combination that undid them in Australia 18 months ago.

So what can be done in this situation?

Here are some drills.

Coach of the Year: Ikgomotseng Mothoa

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Ikgomotseng Mothoa was the Cricket South Africa PitchVision RPC and HUBS Coach of the Year.

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Name: Ikgomotseng Mothoa

Age: 29

Role: Head Coach, Hammanskraal Cricket Club

Ikgomotseng Mothoa was a Premier club cricketer who moved into grass-roots coaching through his passion for bringing cricket to youngsters in South African townships.

Cricket Fielding Drill: Round the Ring

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To practice realistic ring ground fielding, run outs and backing up.

Description: Set up with fielders at point, extra cover, midwicket and square leg. One extra fielder waits behind point. The coach is fed an underarm feed and hit the ball to point (position 1). The fielder pick up and throws down the non-striker stumps. She then moves across to extra cover.

Three Simple Ways to Make Your Cricket Team Better

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Being in a good team requires you to be a good team member. It's easy to think the best way to do that is by strong individual performances, but you can easily do so much more and contribute to other's games at the same time.

Cricket is a team sport played by solo players. Teamwork is a more subtle area that is easy to overlook. So let's no over-complicate things and get right to the heart of what makes a good team player (who doesn't compromise her own game in the process).

Start by looking left and right.

Cricket Show 320: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

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