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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 18: How to Stop Cramps

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Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe, Sam Lavery and Burners live from a match (with background cricket sounds in full effect) where his multi-tasking skills are pushed to the maximum. He does an awesome job as the team chat about preventing cramps and answer a question about the bound of the bowling action.

There is also a great tip for an easy way to measure wicketkeeping (and fielding performance) and some discussion about the risks of "big fish syndrome".

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Cricket Show S5 Episode 17: Where's the Line?

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Burner's makes us all jealous on the show by broadcasting from the top of the pavilion at Lord's... until he is ejected.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 16: A Great Collapse and a Great Recovery

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What else is there to discuss on the world's best cricket coaching show than Wirral CC? The side were bowled out for 3 in an English league match, so David Hinchliffe - joined by Sam Lavery - talk about dealing with a horror game and coming back from the "dead".

As Lavers says, there is still hope, as this card shows:

 

 

 

 

Cricket Show S5 Episode 15: Super Skill Yourself

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All the coaching focus is on Peter Moore's as England coach, so the team discuss how coaching senior players is a different challenge at every level.

Plus, your questions are answered by Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe about coaching fast bowlers and finding your "superskill".

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Cricket Show S5 Episode 14: I Can Hear Garas Wind

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David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway are joined by Sam Lavery and Burners to chat about wind. It's suprisingly interesting. But even if your boat is not floated, the team also cover finding a way to play, and going from net sessions to games seamlessly.

Burners sums it all up nicely though: "tosh!"

We just hope it's tosh that helps you improve. Listen in to find out.

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!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 12: Spinners and Shot Putts

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David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway chat cricket playing coaching on the show. The team start but taking a fresh look at the tactics of spin in a world of Twenty20 spin success and apply the methods to club and school games.

Then, in the mailbag, there are questions answered on the right batting stance for a 13 year old batsman and using a shot putt to increase bowling speed. Can it be done?

Meanwhile Burners reports from the ICC in Dubai with a chat with batting coach Adnan Sabri.

Listen in to find out more!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 11: Carving Out a Niche

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Finding your niche in the side is hard when you bowl leg spin. That's why the team look into the subject in more detail and discuss it on the show.

Plus, we decide if the smart watch is a thing for cricket, talk about playing low bouncing short balls and Burner's shows off to Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery.

Listen in to find out more!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 10: The Collingwood Captaincy Files

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The team pack in a 4 person round table as Burners is back live, joining David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery to talk cricket coaching and playing.

Due to technical issues, the show is slightly shorter this week, but you can still hear Garas, Lavers and Burners in crystal clear stereo as they discuss how to coach "mystery spin".

Cricket Show S5 Episode 9: Introverted Field Settings

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David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery get together to discuss field settings. How much is instinct, and how much is planning? Then the team delve into the question of how we measure cricket thinking, and how that links back to whether you should have a mid off or an extra slip.

Plus in the mailbag reader's questions are answered on how to throw further, and the coaching language used when batting against a bowling machine.

And, don't miss Gara's soapbox, it's a cracker!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 8: What Have You Heard?

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The language of cricket has developed over the last few years, and borrows far more from areas like business management. Is this a good thing?

Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe discuss the topic.Plus, we look at the role of bat weight in timing and strokeplay, and help a fast bowler and Ian Pont fan with his braced front leg. Can we help him to ramp up the pace and bowl faster? Listen to the show to find out.

And, Gary Palmer jumps on board to tell us how to safely introduce the techniques of playing the short ball.

Download the show in iTunes or listen in your browser!

Cricket Show S5 Episode 7: The New Rules of Batting

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Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery join David Hinchliffe to chat about the missing two thirds of batting development, and how you can work on your picking line and length and shot selection alongside developing perfect technique.

Plus, we focus on spin in the readers questions. We talk about a spinner who is not allowed to bowl spin and a coach who wants to help his spinners get more turn.

Burners is on the road and speaks to Mark Thorburn, Analyst at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, about how he works with the bowlers to attack the most important areas.

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Cricket Show S5 Episode 6: Think for Yourself

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Cricket coaching has been in the mainstream media this week with articles on fitness attitudes from journalists and a concerned parent. So Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe mull things over from the coaches perspective.

We also help listeners with their cricket issues, including a leggie who has lost his modjo and a fast bowler who bowler off the wrong foot. Plus, Burners logs his roving report and we catch up with former-England wicketkeeper (and current cricket badger) Paul Nixon.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 5: The New Numbers Game

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Gone are the days when a batting average of 40 marks you out as a good player. With so many stats at our fingertips, the teams try and break through the sea of data to come up with a new standard for batting and bowling statistics that doesn't need a maths degree to understand.

Specifically David Hinchliffe chats to Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery about: Strike Rate, Runs per Scoring Shot, Scoring Ball Percentage, Scoring Areas (where runs are scored and conceded and at what times), and Quality of Contact (how often a bowler beat the bat).

Are these elements that you can start counting, tracking analysing and reporting? Listen to the show to work out if they beat the old average adage.

Plus we look at bowling speed with questions on moving up to 140kph and what pace a spinner should bowl.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 4: Moving Forward

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There are big changes in cricket, so Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss what the end of Pietersen and Flower means for England and for your cricket team; there are lessons to be learned for sure.

And speaking of changing, we answer reader's questions about stopping overthrows and ending a bad run of run outs for an unlucky batsman. Could the cause be that he is a "harmoniser"?

Listen to the show to find out the details.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 3: TARDIS Cricket

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How do you go about setting a target batting first? That's the topic under discussion as we examine the failures of the ODI series between India and New Zealand. Don't make the same mistakes in your club side, listen to the show for advice from David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery.

Plus, in the mailbag, there are questions about game plans for playing spin and the differences between formats and how that influences your style and tempo of play. But as usual the conversation wanders into much wider areas, including a single question - related to Doctor Who - that will turn negative experiences into positive changes.

And Garas gives us another great term: pressure mountains. Listen to the show to find out more.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 2: Hit the Chalk

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It's all about the death overs! Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe to talk through bowling yorkers under pressure and being a finisher in the mould of Michael Bevan.

And speaking of great work from Australians, we also examine the resurgence of Mitchell Johnson. How exactly did he turn things around? At more grass-roots level, we help a young player with workload and injury problems.

Find out everything on the show by downloading or listening in the browser.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 1: Ashes Dynamics

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David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway are joined by Sam Lavery for the new series. The first topic on the table is an insight into dressing room harmony. With much talk about the difference between the teams in the Ashes being related to team dynamics, Garas gives his view.

Cricket Show S4 Episode 50: Series Finale

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The end of year special before the show takes a break is filled with advice like a Christmas stocking is filled with presents.

Mark Gararway and David Hinchliffe talk about the Ashes, how to open a cricket academy including the kit that gives you the most bang-for-your-buck, and there is a great story from Garas about what he did when he returned to playing cricket after a long break.

Listen to the show to find out what happens!

The show is taking a break after this until 17th January, but you can still submit your questions, we read every one and will get to them after the break!

Cricket Show S4 Episode 49: The Mitchell Johnson Problem

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Listen to the show to get the inside track on fast bowling. Whether you bowl it like Mitchell Johnson, play it like England or coach it, there's audio gold for you from Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe.

There is also a guest appearance from Menno Gazendam, author of Spin Bowling Tips who talks back spin, side spin, classical finger spin and taking wickets. And we discuss the idea of batting with your strong hand at the top, or to put it another way, should right handed batters all bat left handed?

Download the show now to listen in.

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