Why do you have to ensure you have a proper warm up before cricket matches and training?
- Warming up increases your flexibility.
- Warming up increases your power.
- Warming up improves you coordination.
- Warming up reduces the risk of injury.
A warmup is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make a difference to your cricket.
A Complete Warm-Up for Cricket
The warm-up can be split into two parts: General and cricket-specific. If you are warming up for general training (such as weight training or speed training) you can skip the cricket specific part. Otherwise do both.
- 5-10 mins of gentle activity such as jogging or walking (or until you feel warm). This will increase your heart rate and body temperature.
- 5-10 mins of dynamic stretching and core work. See this video for a dynamic stretching warm up that is perfect for cricket.
- 10-20 mins of skill exercises such as nets, running between the wickets or fielding drills. See my posts on cricket drills and running a net. It's important to maintain a good tempo through this time so as not to let your body cool back down again. Make sure you are always doing something. You can work as a team or in small groups but on a match day finish with a drill the whole team can participate in to build team spirit.
- Up to 5 mins of a team meeting lead by the captain. The aim of this is to focus the mind on the task ahead and outline particular tactics.