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!

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.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 46: Sixty Three Not Out

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Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe are moved to speak about their feeling over death of Philip Hughes and the incredible outpouring of tributes in recent days. The cricket community have rallied around in a tragic time.

The world also keeps turning and so there are also discussions on cricket coaching and playing for the main part of the show. There is feedback about how to train to score a hundred, and questions about how to cut out looseners as a bowler, and how to be more consistent as a young player.

Download the show to listen in to 30 minutes of cricket audio on you phone, tablet or laptop.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 45: Cutting and Pasting Bowling Actions

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In half an hour of audio cricket chat, the team cover a range of topics and questions. First up is the influence of the IPL on the wider cricket world, especially in the light of news that English cricket has seen a drop in participation.

Then Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe go into specifics about bowling fast and reducing injury. Following a question, Lavers and Garas analyse the techniques of Tino Best and Keemar Roach and discuss how much you can emulate, copy and paste.

Finally there is a discussion on the power, and tyranny of thinking positive. Can just thinking about being good make you good?

Find out on the show.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 44: When to Bowl Variations

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The headlines are often grabbed by bowler's with great variations, yet it's easy to get confused about when to best use the variations you have, be they bouncer, yorker, arm ball or googly. Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss the details of this on the show.

Plus, there are discussions on "playing blind", dealing with recurring injury and if there is an off position on the genius switch.

Download, plug in and listen up!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 43: From Playing to Coaching

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How can a player transition into being a good coach? With the appointments of Collingwood and Ramprakash to high profile roles, and some criticism floating around, the team discuss if you need to be a world-class player to coach at world-class levels. Or a good player to coach at good levels.

David Hinchliffe, Sam Lavery and Mark Garaway go on to look at cricket bats, and in particular how you deal with a bat that is not right for you. Plus we discuss the term "skidding the ball" and try to interpret exactly what it is, and how to use it to your advantage.

Your thoughts on the topic are welcome.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 42: Negotiating Technique

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Technique is ever popular, and so when Ed Smith wrote about batting technique this week the team of Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery pounced on his words and discussed what it means to achieve technical perfection as an imperfect human.

The "tekkers" theme continues throughout the show too. Listener Daire has got back to us with some questions about his action and gave us some video footage. We discuss the 4 Tent Pegs principle. Thanks to the power of the show notes we have also got some stills to illustrate the points made in the show below.

Let us know what you think too.

Finally, we discover the best technique for reverse swing, and it's not what you might think! Download the show to find out what it is.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 41: Bowl, Eat, Drink, Sleep, Bowl

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Feats of amazing athletic fielding are in the mind of the team this week. Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss exactly how to throw down the stumps in spectacular fashion like Matthew Wade did.

There is also a discussion on the question of coming back for a second spell, or bowling two days in a row. There is plenty of advice, and foam rolling is mentioned. Plus Garas is throw a dog-eared old ball and asked to get some wickets. How will he do it?

Listen to the show to find out!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 40: A Pile of Old Curtains

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You want some creative drillology? Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery to talk about power hitting with some curtains. As if that wasn't enough we also get some basketballs in on the action.

It's all in the 30 minute show that also contains tips for bowlers on how to deal with twinkle toes batters, and a detailed discussion on bullying in cricket. We discover what it really is, how to handle it as a player and how to deal with it as a coach.

Download, listen and enjoy.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 39: Conquering the Nervous Nineties

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If you are reading this, and listening to the show, the chances are that you would like a job in cricket. As host Sam Lavery is in charge of the PitchVision cricket jobs board, he joins David Hinchliffe to chat about job hunt tips, finding a role and jobs in your facebook feed.

Plus, it's not all career advice. There is plenty of cricket, including a batsman with the nice problem of getting out in the 90s, and what to do when everyone is telling you that you are not playing well.

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Cricket Show S5 Episode 38: Adapting Your Line and Length

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Some people say line and length is simple and all stattos should put away the measuring stick. What do the team of Sam Lavery, Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe think though?

You can find out by downloading this show. Alongside this question we also examine the idea of a "natural" line and length, and deal with a frustrated leg spinner who can't get a bowl even though he is awesome!

Have a listen and give your feedback!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 37: Playing Up and Out of Your Skin

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The team of David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery tackle the sticky topic of "self help". The category doesn't sit well with tough cricketers and hard nosed coaches, but is there something we can take from all those books? Find out on the show.

Plus, there is the usual mailbag with questions on running between the wickets, blindfolds and stepping up a level as a young bowler in adult cricket. Can we help this young player play up and out of his skin?

There is something for everyone who plays and coaches cricket in the show.

Have a listen and give your feedback!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 36: Live from Millfield

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It's a rare "IRL" meet up for David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway as the pair go head to head over the table at Millfield school. Sam Lavery dials in over Skype to make up the dream team.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 35: Indian Bullseye

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Mark Garaway is on a campaign for mixing up formats at club and school level. More two day games is his mantra, so David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery grill the Director of Coaching at Millfield School about his ideas.

The team also help a player who is threatened with being dropped because of his slingly bowling action. Seems unfair? We give him a solution that will keep everyone happy. Plus, we help a guy with a deadline come back from injury before his season starts. The pressure is on to be ready, but can it be done in time?

Listen now!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 34: The High Risk Edition

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Mark Garaway is a busy man. So busy, they only way we could get him on this week's show was to call him up while driving between appointments. With his phone on 9% battery and shooting along at precisely 70mph, will we make it to the end of the show with him?

David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery shore things up in the studio as we talk about the use and misuse of stats in cricket, bowling googlies and how to find your perfect setup.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 33: Quickfire Coaching

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If you can't get enough cricket coaching and playing tips, this is the 30 minutes for you, with a focus on quickfire tips this week, including fielding drills, batting techniques, fast bowling, cricket tactics and how to bowl a bouncer!

Plus there are in-depth discussions on picking and playing short bowling, and how to fit an SAQ plan into your fast bowling training.

All that and much more, ready for download. Listen now!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 32: Free Weight vs. Bodyweight

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What is best for fitness training, bodyweight or machines?

That's one of the questions in the show that has been put to the team of Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe. The answer is in the show, along with some cooking tips from Lavers.

Plus the team discuss the importance of the hips in spin bowling, and how to get rotation through the hips and into the ball to give it a rip.

All that and much more, ready for download. Listen now!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 31: Hit it into the Long Grass

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Can you train all the new skills of cricket and master the basics?

The team get stuck into this question as Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery also swap stories of holidays and Bob Taylor's wicketkeeping. We quickly move onto more important stuff though, including the aforementioned discussion on this article.

Plus Sam Lavery geeks out about kit before helping a young cricketer in the USA deal with unique conditions with tricks and tips on hitting over the top and picking up quick singles.

Then we give some advice on protein powder for teenage bowlers. Learn the basics on the show, and get stuck into more details with this article and this one.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 30: It's All About You

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How much of cricket performance is about "you"?

Seems an obvious question, but with so many coaches and resources available, it's easy to forget that it's down to you in the end! The team of David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery talk about how you can do it: as either a coach or a player.

You will get stories and experiences on how to be a cricketer and a cricket coach, all under the umbrella of the idea that you are the only one who can really do it. So, download and listen, think about the answers and come up with your own path.

If it helps, you could win an online coaching course to get some drills and skills to try. Not bad for a 30 minute audio show.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 29: It's Not About the Couch

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Is a psychologist more important than a coach?

That's one of the questions Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery look at on the show this week and come up with some interesting conclusions.

Please the team talk about the coach-captain relationship at various levels, analyse a young batsman's technique and talk about the Commonwealth Games.

Download the show and listen now.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 28: Low Tech Nicknames

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Are you born to cricket captaincy or can you learn the skills?

Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery team up again to discuss the issue and give some practical advice.

Then, the team answer some listener questions about losing sleep due to off spin technical issues (literally) and low tech ways to monitor performance. That discuss also leads to some brilliant nickname chat. Not to be missed!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 27: Our Man in Sardinia

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Even the most passionate cricketer has moments where the season drifts and focus is lost. This happens most of all just after the halfway mark before the final push for the line begins. The team of Mark Garaway (calling in from Sardinia), Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss ways to keep your focus.

Plus your mailbag questions are answered. This week the audio roundtable is about pace against spin for a leg spinner, and what to do if you keep missing straight ones.

Download the show, listen in and get better at cricket.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 26: One Fish Brings Two

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If you are a cricket playing fisherman you will love the show! Burners has the angling angle while David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery talk about cricket.

We look at the latest ideas around the 10,000 hour rule, discuss the differences between club and elite coaching, and find out how to play the "inside out" shot over cover.

Download the show and listen to the banter.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 25: Carrom Ball Googly

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You want cricket tips? The team of Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe have half an hour of them, interspersed with stories and banter.

This week we tackle the sticky issue of Gara's dog, a carrom ball bowler with pace issues, and how to judge those tricky ones, twos and threes when you are batting. Plus we get feedback from a previous question to tie up some loose ends.

Download the show now to join the fun.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 24: Eye Patches Are Not Just for Pirates

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The show covers some of the more unusual questions send in this week. The team of Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe give audio advice around topics like late bloomers and eye training (one for the pirates), spin bowlers and weight loss, and process or outcome in tactical work.

Plus, there is a mention of the best ever book on club cricket captaincy: How to Win at Cricket. Essential reading even 40 years on.

Can the team link these disparate elements into 30 minutes of cricket coaching podcast advice? Tune in to find out.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 23: Hooking Bouncers

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How do you deal with bouncers if you are a "happy hooker" but keep getting caught?

The panel of David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery deal with the issue and provide some top coaching tips for smacking it for a boundary rather than smacking your pad on the way back to the pav.

And there is a discussion about the changing role and knowledge of the cricket coach alongside another reader's question. This one is asking how to compare the technical, hard worker with the "natural".

Have a listen and see what you think!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 22: War and Peace

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The show is taken over by a single question this week as the panel discuss the future of a cricketer at a turning point in his cricketing life. His question was so detailed, there were many elements to discuss around how to keep improving as a player, how to stay motivated as you get older and keeping cricket in perspective.

To help with this epic, Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery are joined by James Hughes to provide the view from the young end of the cricketing world.

Listen to the show for the most comprehensive answer yet.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 21: You've Been Mankaded

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Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and Burners join David Hinchliffe to talk through cricket coaching and playing.

This week the team look at the Jos Buttler "mankad" and talk through the issues around coaching sharp practice.

Plus there are questions on off season fitness for leg spin bowlers, and the increasing skill of run chasing. Is it something that is at every level? We give a comprehensive answer.

It's half an hour of cricket audio goodness, just for you.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 20: I'm Used to Six Balls in an Over

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Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe to talk about playing and coaching cricket.

The show kicks off with discussion on a couple of #garasgold articles about the cost of extras and the 40 run consequence net.

We catch up with the work being done at the Chris Gayle Academy in London.

Finally we discuss questions of the difference between "backyard" and "normal" run up for a leg spinner, and help a coach set some fitness standards for his team of 17-15 year old players.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 19: Running with a Suitcase

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After a failed sailing analogy, the team of David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and Burners talk cricket.

There are dicussions on ball shining, putting pressure on teams and practice against the swinging ball. Plus, a question from a killer batsman gets a killer reply from Garas.

It's more gold from the team, so download, listen and improve today!

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