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4 Tips for all-rounders that work

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Kelvin is a club cricket all rounder. Like many other players he is motivated to take his game to the next level.

He sent me an email to ask my advice:

I'm 17 years old and 6'4. I'm considered an all-rounder and have played in the top Malaysian League. However, I still want to improvemy game as I know there are many things I can do better.

I have never seen Kelvin play, so I can't answer his specific questions very well, but as long as he keep these basic principles in mind he will not go far wrong:

  1. Practice. It may seem like an obvious thing to say, but at the age of 17 you can easily play cricket 5-6 times a week. If you have buddies to train with then setup game situations: Even in the nets. If you can only train on your own try this. The real key to good practice is to focus on your goals. For example, Kelvin is having problems driving. Instead of just having a general net, he can train his driving by being fed half volley length balls, practicing picking the right length to drive and work on his timing.
  2. Improve your fitness. The fitter you are, the better you are - the quicker your reactions, the longer you can last, the harder you can hit and the faster you can bowl. Make sure you are working on your fitness through interval training, SAQ training and body weight exercises.
  3. Train your mind. Cricket is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Train yourself to get the right attitude.
  4. Get a cricket brain. An awareness of tactics, an understanding of situations and a creative, attacking approach will get you runs and wickets. Become a student of the game, even if you are not captain.

What other advice would you give to Kelvin? He also wants to know how to bowl outswing and improve his pace. Leave a comment or get in touch.

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