Batting is hard work on the mind. It requires a few seconds of very intense concentration followed by almost total relaxation between balls.
Not many people are born with that skill, but you can learn it.
Mainly this is developed by batting in games and practice matches under pressure. There are a couple of drills you can add to your practice sessions to supplement this.
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- Drill 1: Bat in the nets against medium pace with a ball that is half red, half white. As the ball is delivered you call whether the white half is on your off or leg side. You can do this with a red ball and call inswing or outswing to make it more difficult.
- Drill 2: Stand 5m from a partner who has different coloured balls. Your partner underarms a ball to you which you catch with your head over the ball (in a similar position to the forward defensive). Before you catch it you must call out the colour of the ball. To make it more difficult use a normal cricket ball and spin it calling off break or leg break.