11 Ways to Improve Your Attacking Batting | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

11 Ways to Improve Your Attacking Batting

Scoring runs is at the very heart of winning cricket matches. How do the professionals do it?

PitchVision Academy and 3 times World Cup coach Ian Pont shares with you the secrets of how to score more runs aggressively while keeping the percentages in your favour.

You can put these tips into action right away:

1. Pick your bat up high with your hands

By doing this you create a large arm pull, which maximises the power in the ball. It also helps turn your front shoulder into the ball for your offside shots.

2. Make sure you move your shoulder and feet as one unit

Just “planting” your front foot when playing forward will not help you. Nor will “getting your foot to the pitch of the ball" which causes you to over stride. Leaning in with your front shoulder and then your foot can offer support, is the best way of doing it. It's only by having a balanced stride (shoulder and foot lined up) that you have a stable base to hit from on the front foot.

3. Work out a trigger movement to suit you

There is no single way to bat, only your way. If you go back and across, don't forget to move into the ball when it's pitched up (90% of balls will be). Moving back makes the bowler seem slower so if you are struggling with timing you might prefer to front foot press to get into the front foot sooner. As long as you have your head still at the point of delivery, triggers are merely to get the feeling you are not standing still. You may choose not to move at all and just step and hit the ball as you see it.

4. Your front shoulder is your steering wheel

The front shoulder dictates where you are trying to hit the ball. Into the leg side you will open it, and into the off side you will close it. You don't want the back shoulder to take over when trying to control the front foot shots.

5. Move your feet to give you best chance of hitting the ball

If you wave at the ball flat footed you will get found out. Your feet take you into the line of the ball so your eyes (cameras) can also be lined up to the target (ball).

6. Treat every ball as an event

You can only play the ball about to be bowled not the one that follows it, or the ball before. Makes sure you play it on merit and try to score as many runs off it as you can. Don't let circumstances around you affect the judgement of the ball.

7. If you are in trouble, stand by the umpire

The best place to play a difficult bowler from is at the non-striker's end. If you get into trouble batting try to get up by the umpire by rotating the strike. That gives you a breather and a chance to share the batting pressure with your partner.

8. Understand where your strengths are

Look to play in areas where you are strongest, not weakest. It sounds obvious yet players often try to hit into the part of the ground where they have less likelihood of success. Hit away from fielders. Target open areas. Perfect shots that allow you to have higher strike rates.

9. When you have nets, practice something

Most batsmen go into general nets and never work at something specific. You have to be trying to achieve something when you bat - even simple outcomes, if not technical. Make a plan, stick to it, and discover you can gain confidence when you have a successful session.

10. Bowling machine or throw downs

Most people can look a million dollars on a bowling machine set for half-volleys at 65 mph. Make a bowling machine more challenging by having an awkward session where the length is far harder to hit. Bowling machines are great for grooving but don't get hung up on them. High quality throw downs at pace are far closer to real bowling. Progressing from a machine to throw downs will make you a better batsman.

11. Attend an attacking batting workshop

Currently you can get personal coaching tips live at the Mavericks Cricket Attacking Batting Workshop. Hosted at three UK venues - Epsom, Swindon and Chelmsford - the workshops are 3 hours and feature the very latest techniques, tips, hints and advice to improve the standard of those attending.

Discover power play hitting, manipulating bowlers, T20 style hitting and how to power the ball to the fence.

Learn what the world's best players do including reverse sweeping, switch hits, moving around in the crease, hitting in-to-out, and out to in, and hitting aerially.

Click here to book your place 

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Shifting batting gears..

Actually gutted that this academy is based down south. Just put the postcode into route planner and its 2h 25mins for me in the midlands.

Ian / David, do you happen to know of any other academy's / intense coaching camps / courses for a 1st / 2nd XI club level keeper/ batsman? It something I wouldn't mind using. I'm 18 at the moment and have one more crack of breaking into the Warwickshire under 19's side next autumn see. Closer to home the better.


Jacktfc... can u suggest a venue that would be available?

The Indoor centre at Edgbaston are the best facilities in the Birmingham / West Midlands area.

Jack..that centre will not be available. Also, the cost of hire would be outrageous and this is part of the problem we have booking venues.

We do ask that people are prepared to travel (as I have to living in Suffolk) if they wish to attend any course that isn't on their doorstep, but I am aware that unless it is, most don't bother.

I know of Bounce in Nuneaton, and I'm not sure of the facilities that Worcestershire have access too. I wouldn't mind travelling up to 50 miles maybe, but obviously the cost of fuel isn't the greatest at the minute. Looks a brilliant course though.

Not sure how large a facility you need, but I've recently been training at the Worcestershire Cricket Centre at Princy Henry School in Evesham and found that fairly decent.

i like cricket much.and have a good all rounder.but i will try to improve my cricket.I have to join and also play in CA club Karachi Pakistan .I play many in domestic level and under 19
level.my coach is m.r ishfaq roof .he is an intrnational palyer . but he will be retired to his job.
he got 5 centries in odi series and and two cntries in world cup.they got teir total runs in teir
histry of cricket is 5000780.now he is an a maneger in CA club .I will request to any club , any trail compnay ,any any club please give me one chance I promise you to that i will prove my self, and my passion.I ensure you that i take the name of you club...... plz plz plz give me one
chance i will not refuse you.



Its very difficult when facing spinners,.. when is the right time to hit a spin ball and can I handle it (spin balling)..


I love cricket very much.I want to be an cricket playeri want to play cricket for our India. Give me one chance to play..

I love cricket very much.I want to be an cricket playeri want to play cricket for our India. Give me one chance to play..

thanx...love cricket

I am a cricket player..... I practice everyday. But i can not hit ball ....
My body is week..my muscles is not stong enough...how can i become a power hitter..and gets more run

I like cricket much but I'm not able to play it well

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